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3/31/2005 1:18:26 AM
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does censoring video games conflict with the freedom of speech?

i have to do a report and i need to know what u think about the subject. i think that it does so tell me what you think
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  • Freedom of speech or not, some words you just shouldn't say. Using amendments as leverage should only be used in last ditch attempts at getting out of a severe punishment, not something as petty as Xbox Live.
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  • so does the censoring of tv but it is still done
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  • it definately would. if the video game designer AND marketer do not want to change the game (the marketer, in halo's case MS does have a generous amount of leagal control over the game, and may accept censorship in order to reach a wider demographic) then a government agency cannot censor the game, but may issue reports urging retailers not to sell the game, or take extra "parental warning" measures. censoring a vieo game, in esence would be the same as censoring a movie book, or any other form of entertainment.
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  • read my sig.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] studly52 Censoring video is in conflict with the freedom of speech. The freedom of speech says that you have the freedom to say or write whatever you want too. It is in conflict with it by telling the game producers that they can’t say how or what they feel the character in the game should say. Game producers should not have to censor THEIR games that they make if it has an appropriate rating for the content. Here are some ways that can prevent having to censor video games. One way is that some small kids try to look at all of the games at the store that are eye level and lower. If all of the games rated T for teen and M for mature were up on the higher shelves it might help out. Only the adults and teens could now see those higher rated games. The little kids would not be able to see them so they might not know about them and ask for them. Another way that might be affective is that store clerks could be more skeptic on how old a kid is. If the kid doesn’t look very old and is buying a high rated game that is past his age they shouldn’t sell it. Also, if parents don’t know what their kids are buying why would they be concerned about if the games are censored. The only way a parent or guardian would know what a kid is buying is if they help pay for it or buy it for the child. The parent or guardian should look at the games ESRB rating and read the storyline on the back of the game. On the back of the game it usually tells underneath the rating why it is rated that way. [/quote] Read my post again...people get offended by bad language. Or game developers want more money by opening it to teens as well. The game developers aren't being told to censor their games, they are following their own guidelines which does not conflict with freedom of speech.
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  • Censoring video is in conflict with the freedom of speech. The freedom of speech says that you have the freedom to say or write whatever you want too. It is in conflict with it by telling the game producers that they can’t say how or what they feel the character in the game should say. Game producers should not have to censor THEIR games that they make if it has an appropriate rating for the content. Here are some ways that can prevent having to censor video games. One way is that some small kids try to look at all of the games at the store that are eye level and lower. If all of the games rated T for teen and M for mature were up on the higher shelves it might help out. Only the adults and teens could now see those higher rated games. The little kids would not be able to see them so they might not know about them and ask for them. Another way that might be affective is that store clerks could be more skeptic on how old a kid is. If the kid doesn’t look very old and is buying a high rated game that is past his age they shouldn’t sell it. Also, if parents don’t know what their kids are buying why would they be concerned about if the games are censored. The only way a parent or guardian would know what a kid is buying is if they help pay for it or buy it for the child. The parent or guardian should look at the games ESRB rating and read the storyline on the back of the game. On the back of the game it usually tells underneath the rating why it is rated that way.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] Mike_100 People want to censor games so they recieve a lower age rating from ESRB, in turn affecting the amount of public that will buy the game (Most of the time, I see many kids buy M rated games) And as someone said up there no one is forcing them to, unless saggy old grandmas concerned with their childrens activities team up with the government and ruin the day.[/quote] If it's violent and bloody, it will be rated M, language or not. Many people are offended by bad language and will more easily buy games that don't have Language as one of the reasons it is rated M.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] studly52 so ur saying that it doels conflict with the freedom of speech if people who rate the games make them censor the game[/quote] They don't make them censor the game, or are you talking about a "what if" scenario?
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  • so then y would creators bother puting in stuff that would be censored if they have to censor it. Who makes them censor it
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  • People want to censor games so they recieve a lower age rating from ESRB, in turn affecting the amount of public that will buy the game (Most of the time, I see many kids buy M rated games) And as someone said up there no one is forcing them to, unless saggy old grandmas concerned with their childrens activities team up with the government and ruin the day.
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  • If oyu can legally buy pr0n, you sure as hell can play violent video games.
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  • [quote][b]Posted by:[/b] studly52 so ur saying that it doels conflict with the freedom of speech if people who rate the games make them censor the game[/quote] BUT THEY DON'T. The creators of the game do that themselves. The raters only give guidelines in order to achieve a certain rating.
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  • so ur saying that it doels conflict with the freedom of speech if people who rate the games make them censor the game
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  • No... No one's forcing people to censor video games.
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  • tell me why you think it does
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  • yes
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