Arnie Lays Down Law on Violent Games

After building a fortune by starring in such shoot-’em-ups as The Terminator, Commando and Eraser, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken a stand against blood and gore in video games. The former action figure Friday signed into law a bill restricting the sale and rental of ultra-violent video games to minors. California AB 1179 will go into effect on January 1, 2006.

The bill was supported by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids’ media lives. “Graphic and sexually-charged media violence needs to be seen for what it is–a threat as dangerous to our kids as tobacco use or underage drinking,” says Common Sense CEO James Steyer. “At Common Sense, we believe in sanity, not censorship. And it is eminently sane to change the way violent games are marketed and sold to kids.”

Common Sense Media worked closely with leading constitutional scholars on the drafting of AB 1179, and is working with legislators from across the country to support bills like the one passed in California. In signing the bill, Schwarzenegger joined governors Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, who recently passed similar legislation in their states. Lawmakers in seven other states and the District of Columbia are considering bills that would keep violent games away from children.