We doubt the law, which theoretically could see 12-year olds receiving fines, will survive the lawsuit. According to Lowenstein, "to enact 'feel good' bills knowing they're likely to be tossed by the courts is the very height of cynicism." What both sides need to remember, however, is that they share one common principle: that children should not be playing ultra-violent games like Grand Theft Auto.
Call us cynical, but frivolous legislation (and the subsequent lawsuits that strike them down) will be around for a very long time, until lawmakers have another target or ideal they can use to exemplify their "pro-family" platform. Books, dancing, film, rock and roll, television ... video games is just the latest in a long line of entertainment decried as moral decadence.