Am I dreaming? Surely I can’t be living in the real world. A rational world. A world that’ll defend it’s right to put guns into the hands of the irresponsible but condemn videogames on the basis that pixels pulled the trigger?

Just when you thought you’d seen it all:

Utah votes through bill on ‘obscene’ videogames
Utah representative David Hogue’s controversial violent videogames bill, which tags videogames onto existing obscenity laws relating to pornography, has sailed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 56-8.

Ok, I’m sure it’s not as black-and-white as that paragraph can suggest. But, come on! I’d normally get quite wordy on all this but I really think this is getting ridiculous now. Then again, this IS Utah we’re talking about..

..I suppose now would be a good time to show you another piece from GamePolitics. As you might guess from the text above, politicians are quite happy to jump on a populist bandwagon, make knee-jerk decisions based on ignorance and sweeping generalisations. Some of us can even sympathise with this behaviour even if we don’t agree with it.

Want to see the worst of the worst? Ok then: legislation based on heresay, conjecture and ignorance.

Playing games doesn’t make me violent. Dumb politics, on the other hand, that’s a different matter.

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