Changes are quick to happen in an industry that moves as quickly as the video game industry does, but free speech issues, while not new, are certainly not what one normally thinks of when it comes to video games. The Entertainment Consumers Association, a non profit group that is composed of and represents gamers in the United States, has said that it will be holding a free speech rally in November 2010 which will take place at the United States Supreme Court building. The gamer rally is going to bring together a number of gamers from the organization who will be making a show of support to help make sure the Schwarzeneggar vs. EMA ‘violent video game case’ is not ignored by the media. Oral arguments will be held the same day the free speech rally takes place and is meant to protect the rights of gamers who wish to exercise their 1st Amendment rights under the US Constitution which guarantees them the freedom of speech. They believe that video games deserve to be considered as protected speech and have submitted a brief to the Supreme Court to state their support of this concept.
So far, video games have not been seen as deserving of quite the same protections that cover other forms of entertainment in the US say experts in the games industry. The worry is that without these protections, harsh censoring could go on based on some political leaders who use violence or other adult type topics in games as a way to malign the industry which they, being out of touch with today’s entertainment industry, think are primarily aimed at children despite the forced ratings which disallow minors from purchasing games with content that could be objectionable to parents.