Americans have embraced interactive games played on the Internet, computers, game consoles, cell phones, and PDAs. For over 30 years now, millions of Americans have played computer and video games, and this pastime has become an important part of American culture. Yet, as this entertainment medium grows, it has also become a frequent target of political criticism and legislation.
Video games are fully protected speech under the Constitution, and receive the same First Amendment protection as books, movies, music and cable television programs.
Without a critical mass of adult video game players who are registered to vote and willing to stand firmly behind their games, politicians will continue to fire criticism at games and game players in order to score easy points for their political campaigns.