In a cheeky response to the Video Game Voters Network initiative
to bombard California senator Leland Yee's office with old and broken controllers, Yee's chief of staff Adam Keigwin told GamePolitics
, "I think the Senator would appreciate a Kinect
add-on rather than those dated controllers." That wasn't his only zinger.
"I can only assume these broken controllers must represent the broken promises of the video game industry to parents," Keigwin quipped in his reply to GP on the matter, before firing off a list of "free speech awards" Sen. Yee has earned for his apparent commitment to the First Amendment. "In fact, there is not a California legislator who has authored more bills to promote speech rights than Senator Yee."
Sen. Yee is the author of Caifornia's law AB 1179
, signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2005, which bans the sale of certain "violent" games to minors. Two years later, the Ninth District Court of Appeals found AB 1179 to be a violation of the First Amendment and effectively terminated
the law. However, the Governator fought back
, leading us up to November 2, 2010: the day
the U.S. Supreme Court will hear opening arguments in the case -- and two days before any of us can actually
send Yee a Kinect unit.
Would the senator settle for a Move
in the meantime?