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Campaign-Themed Video Games? 137

Posted by timothy
from the bread-circuses-joysticks dept.
An Anonymous Coward writes: "Gov. Jesse Ventura has come up with a 'great' way to get his campaign message to the younger demographics. 'The Ventura game -- or collection of games -- would be entertaining, 100-percent political and distributed free to voters as campaign literature, he says.' Wow, I can't wait, I haven't been this excited since Avoid the Noid from Dominos Pizza came out." Too bad video games aren't considered protected speech.
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Campaign-Themed Video Games?

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  • by VenTatsu (24306) <ventatsu AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday April 27, 2002 @03:26PM (#3421640) Homepage
    This can become a great example for the next time games are challenged in court. Political speach is at the very core of what the 1st Amendment is intended to protect. By censoring or banning games courts would now be placing prior restraint on political speach.
  • by GoPlayGo (541427) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @03:33PM (#3421670) Homepage
    SlashDot writes "Too bad video games are not protected speech". Please don't put out negative, pessimistic vibes like that when it is way too premature, lest by propagating them they become true!

    Video games ARE protected speech. Just because a single judge two days ago makes an unsupportable ruling like that is not sufficient to make it so. That is not enough to be settled law! It applies only in that small jurisdiction (St. Louis) until it is overturned on appeal, and then it won't apply anywhere in the US! It may be true that governments can place restrictions on minors access to certain forms of video games, but they also do so on books, magazines, and films without denying that those are protected forms of free speech. One judge saying so does not make it so.

    So, project a positive strong attitude when it comes to our inherent rights, and don't let negative thinking undermine all the good work on rights you do here Slashdot!
  • Re:Go Jesse! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by garcia (6573) on Saturday April 27, 2002 @04:06PM (#3421760) Homepage
    he's also pro-commercial hemp.

    Commercial hemp is definitly a great idea. I don't know what the US thinks it is proving by banning a non-psychoactive plant that was part of our agricultural history for 200 years.

    I don't fucking care if they think that people will grow regular weed and they can't figure out how to distinguish between the two.

    It is a healthy, fast growing, economic resource for farmers in all parts of the country.

    Sometimes I really wish that the government leaders would read what is posted on the Internet and not what has been posted into their closed minds for years.

    I don't like a lot of his policies but at least Ventura attempts to do things that are positive for his state's residents.

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