Rush Limbaugh Sticks Up for Video Games

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Rush Limbaugh Sticks Up for Video Games

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Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh doesn't believe in regulating videogames, and even thinks they're a form of art.

On the Rush Limbaugh show this past week, the conservative political commentator provided some strong words for the side of the videogame industry in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine whether or not videogame sales can be legally restricted. In Limbaugh's mind, there's no doubt that videogames should be protected under the First Amendment like most other forms of media.

When a caller asked Limbaugh's opinion on the case, Limbaugh said that he would undoubtedly stick up for the videogame industry because he's in the "free speech business." Though he paints the law as an issue that Democrats are responsible for despite its bipartisan roots, he does agree that the market should determine what kind of content is unacceptable and that the government should stay out of videogame regulation.

"Leave your game alone," Limbaugh told the caller. He also said that "the people that put together these video games are artists in their own right," so he's even picked sides in the videogames-as-art argument. You go, Limbaugh.

"If you're gonna start saying that video games are raunchy, then how the hell do you leave cable television alone," Limbaugh wondered, pointing out the slippery slope that a ruling could have on media as a whole. Rush Limbaugh might be a single man, but he has a loud voice as host of one of the most popular political talk shows in the U.S. If he thinks it'd be crazy for the Supreme Court to rule that videogames can be regulated in the same way as pornography, I think the videogame industry can rest a little easier until the final decision is made, though anything is possible when the case begins this week.

Limbaugh's words can be found here.

Source: Rush Limbaugh

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As I said in the forum thread on this subject, having Rush Limbaugh on side makes me feel sullied and unclean.

But hey, free ally. I guess one shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.

Well I guess if a conservative person think games are great and should have the support of the first amendment then hopefully the supreme court will too.

Although I'm incredible aggrevated that a country 1000+ miles away decides what hobbies I can enjoy.

As some other people have said, we should take our allies where we can get him. I have no idea what his stance on politics are and I really don't care, so long as we've got allies on all fronts we should be good.

I'm not sure if he knows what video games are, but he's always been pretty vocal about censorship.

In his business he kind of has to doesn't he? If one form of censorship is lauded it'd make a dangerous precedence for all in the media and entertainment world. It's not really a right or left issue.

Now if he'd steer clear of hyperbole concerning things like the healthcare bill and other things that'd never affect his fat rich ass: I think he'd be a viable voice in the media again. There was a time when he'd say things I wouldn't agree with, but he'd do so in an intelligent manner. His competing with other blowhards tho'... It's made the media a joke.

I was raised liberal but I find myself becoming more and more conservative by the day, especially after stories like this.

TheBaron87:
I was raised liberal but I find myself becoming more and more conservative by the day, especially after stories like this.

It has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. People on both sides are attacking and defending the issue.

I think he's made the right decision (he even implied videogames were art!) but i think maybe for the wrong reasons. The cynical part of me thinks it's more of a stick to beat the democrats with than a commitment to videogames as such but we should take free allies like this as we can get them.

Censorship is one of the things i think thr right has right and we should try and publicise this issue ammougst anyone who has any kind of free-speech interests. You can say what you like about Limbaugh but at least he IS commited to the 1st amendment and i don't see any other public media figure, i mean this is perfect Daily Show fodder for christs sake!, defending videogames in the slightest. So i have to give him credit where it is due.

The Republican party would do well to stake a calim to free speech as a core value becuase at the moment all they seem to be doing is frankly crazy antics and weird rhetoric. They need to take a leaf out of the UK conservative's book and try and re-brand themselves as more of a 'smart power' party rather than a 'fucking crazy' party.

I may not like this guy because in certain area he seems to be a pompous ass..but for the sake of videogames i'll be taking him as an ally.

the political enemy of MY political enemy is my friend i suppose....for this issue that is

Im confused - so is it the liberals in america that are trying to bad games, or the conservatives?

Bolo The Great:
I think he's made the right decision (he even implied videogames were art!) but i think maybe for the wrong reasons. The cynical part of me thinks it's more of a stick to beat the democrats with than a commitment to videogames as such but we should take free allies like this as we can get them.

Censorship is one of the things i think thr right has right and we should try and publicise this issue ammougst anyone who has any kind of free-speech interests. You can say what you like about Limbaugh but at least he IS commited to the 1st amendment and i don't see any other public media figure, i mean this is perfect Daily Show fodder for christs sake!, defending videogames in the slightest. So i have to give him credit where it is due.

The Republican party would do well to stake a calim to free speech as a core value becuase at the moment all they seem to be doing is frankly crazy antics and weird rhetoric. They need to take a leaf out of the UK conservative's book and try and re-brand themselves as more of a 'smart power' party rather than a 'fucking crazy' party.

Is the right reason always the Democrat/Liberal/Obama reason? Do you even know that the new wave of conservatives coming into Washington are Constitutionalists? Do you know that most conservatives hate the Westboro Baptist Church? Have you considered the possibility that Hollywood might be a major player in this bill as it might remove the gaming industry as competition? Are you aware that it's mostly liberals that are in the anti-free speech arenas now? Do you ever think for yourself instead of letting Jon Stewart think for you?

Seriously, we have close to 400 comments on this in a separate thread. There are actually people who put their support of the medium in question because Limbaugh defended it, and are still bluntly in denial that this law was authored by a highly liberal democrat. I am dumbfounded by the amount of people on this site who refuse to research this issue and simply allow liberal propaganda to guide their viewpoints.

I would not begin to question anyone's decision to defend free speech regardless of their political party. But in all honesty, do you really expect that the liberal media would stand up for us? I saw a clip from Blizzcon on "The Soup" on E! earlier today. And the entire point of that clip was to make people like us look like retarded troglodytes who've never come in contact with women. Hey aren't a lot of the people here women? I could have sworn they were. But yeah, they still lump us in with the stereotypical pocket protectors, taped glasses, stupid hair...actually this is what the liberals think we are...

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Hmm... I'd be willing to form an uneasy alliance with Mr. Limbaugh if he's on our side for this. Really, who'da thought that Rush Limbaugh of all people would support us?

Sir John the Net Knight:

Bolo The Great:
I think he's made the right decision (he even implied videogames were art!) but i think maybe for the wrong reasons. The cynical part of me thinks it's more of a stick to beat the democrats with than a commitment to videogames as such but we should take free allies like this as we can get them.

Censorship is one of the things i think thr right has right and we should try and publicise this issue ammougst anyone who has any kind of free-speech interests. You can say what you like about Limbaugh but at least he IS commited to the 1st amendment and i don't see any other public media figure, i mean this is perfect Daily Show fodder for christs sake!, defending videogames in the slightest. So i have to give him credit where it is due.

The Republican party would do well to stake a calim to free speech as a core value becuase at the moment all they seem to be doing is frankly crazy antics and weird rhetoric. They need to take a leaf out of the UK conservative's book and try and re-brand themselves as more of a 'smart power' party rather than a 'fucking crazy' party.

Is the right reason always the Democrat/Liberal/Obama reason? Do you even know that the new wave of conservatives coming into Washington are Constitutionalists? Do you know that most conservatives hate the Westboro Baptist Church? Have you considered the possibility that Hollywood might be a major player in this bill as it might remove the gaming industry as competition? Are you aware that it's mostly liberals that are in the anti-free speech arenas now? Do you ever think for yourself instead of letting Jon Stewart think for you?

Seriously, we have close to 400 comments on this in a separate thread. There are actually people who put their support of the medium in question because Limbaugh defended it, and are still bluntly in denial that this law was authored by a highly liberal democrat. I am dumbfounded by the amount of people on this site who refuse to research this issue and simply allow liberal propaganda to guide their viewpoints.

I would not begin to question anyone's decision to defend free speech regardless of their political party. But in all honesty, do you really expect that the liberal media would stand up for us? I saw a clip from Blizzcon on "The Soup" on E! earlier today. And the entire point of that clip was to make people like us look like retarded troglodytes who've never come in contact with women. Hey aren't a lot of the people here women? I could have sworn they were. But yeah, they still lump us in with the stereotypical pocket protectors, taped glasses, stupid hair...actually this is what the liberals think we are...

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Are you aware im british and could give a fuck? Your pathological repetition of "Liberals" makes you should like one of those hitler sign carrying tea-party crazies. "The liberals want to kill Grandma! The Liberals! The liberals! The Liberals!!!!!!!!"

Bolo The Great:

Are you aware im british and could give a fuck?

Then why are you even commenting in the first place?

If people knew the definition of Conservatism they would realize why his choice was very clear. To be honest when i heard this i wasn't shocked at all.

Sir John the Net Knight:

Bolo The Great:

Are you aware im british and could give a fuck?

Then why are you even commenting in the first place?

Becuase im not one of the "Liberal" Deamons who live in your head and i have a legit interest in the future of games as a medium.

Now all you need is Glen Beck to come out on the side of Videogames & the defence dream team will be complete

Skullkid4187:
If people knew the definition of Conservatism they would realize why his choice was very clear. To be honest when i heard this i wasn't shocked at all.

everyone knows what conservatism means its just that todays conservatives are nothing like conservatives

This isn't a strictly "Liberal"/"Conservative" issue so the sides get a little weird.

Keep in mind no one WANTS to see M-rated games to minors. What we don't want is it to be a prosecutable crime for selling an M-rated game to a minor. No retailer wants to be fined if someone makes a mistake and accidentally sells a game to a minor.

PRO legislative regulation of video games:

Parents who don't play video games
People who don't play video games at all and don't "Get them"
People who see video games as a toy meant only for young children
Politicians that are in districts where people complain about video games a lot

CON who don't want legislative regulation of video games:

Free speech/Free expression enthusiasts
The Video Game industry and retailers
Those who play M-rated games

I'm not too worried, from what I know of the Supreme court they're pro-Free Speech and pro-Business. I think what you'll see is an 8-1 or possibly 7-2 decision.

Put it like this: Do M-rated games have more artistic merit than porn? That's what this decision is going to come down to.

Huzzah to the Maha Rushie! It's good to hear Rush's take on the whole video game issue, with the added bonus of his belief that videogames are art! It's about time more people start connecting the dots on that one.

Sneaklemming:
Im confused - so is it the liberals in america that are trying to bad games, or the conservatives?

I'm a conservative guy when I say this, there really isn't a right or left view on this issue. There exists a lot of closed minded views on videogames on both sides of the aisle, mostly because of so many soccer mom lobbyist's that view mature games as the spawn of satan.

As for Rush not being a viable voice in media, having the most listened to news radio program doesn't make you viable? Hmm, seems kind of odd. You may not follow his political views but the man is very viable to a large audience of people.

GAH...cognitive dissonance.....

burntheartist:

TheBaron87:
I was raised liberal but I find myself becoming more and more conservative by the day, especially after stories like this.

It has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. People on both sides are attacking and defending the issue.

subject_87:
Hmm... I'd be willing to form an uneasy alliance with Mr. Limbaugh if he's on our side for this. Really, who'da thought that Rush Limbaugh of all people would support us?

My brain just exploded.

This is a "liberal and conservative" issue. Hardcore conservatives are anti-government- they oppose censorship. Hardcore liberals are pro-government- they support regulation. Rush is a hardcore conservative- he's against any unnecessary government.

What is the health care bill? Regardless of whether you support it or not, it increases government control. This is why conservatives are against it.

This isn't hard to understand, and it's not surprising that Rush is on the side that he is.

I guess the Internet is just used to being completely liberal.

Jumplion:
As some other people have said, we should take our allies where we can get him. I have no idea what his stance on politics are and I really don't care, so long as we've got allies on all fronts we should be good.

This pretty much sums up how I feel about this bit of news. Just be thankful we got allies like this and hopefully more across the board and we might have a fighting chance against this nightmare that lays before us.

Putting Limbaugh on our side brings a lot of (admittedly unexpected) support to the video game industry. The biggest problem I can see is that we could theoretically get a lot of people supporting the bill now purely out of spite for Limbaugh.

I mentioned this yesterday, I would like to say.

I'm still aghast that Rush would pick a side, let alone ours. And even scarier is he's right.

Sir John the Net Knight:

Bolo The Great:
I think he's made the right decision (he even implied videogames were art!) but i think maybe for the wrong reasons. The cynical part of me thinks it's more of a stick to beat the democrats with than a commitment to videogames as such but we should take free allies like this as we can get them.

Censorship is one of the things i think thr right has right and we should try and publicise this issue ammougst anyone who has any kind of free-speech interests. You can say what you like about Limbaugh but at least he IS commited to the 1st amendment and i don't see any other public media figure, i mean this is perfect Daily Show fodder for christs sake!, defending videogames in the slightest. So i have to give him credit where it is due.

The Republican party would do well to stake a calim to free speech as a core value becuase at the moment all they seem to be doing is frankly crazy antics and weird rhetoric. They need to take a leaf out of the UK conservative's book and try and re-brand themselves as more of a 'smart power' party rather than a 'fucking crazy' party.

Is the right reason always the Democrat/Liberal/Obama reason? Do you even know that the new wave of conservatives coming into Washington are Constitutionalists? Do you know that most conservatives hate the Westboro Baptist Church? Have you considered the possibility that Hollywood might be a major player in this bill as it might remove the gaming industry as competition? Are you aware that it's mostly liberals that are in the anti-free speech arenas now? Do you ever think for yourself instead of letting Jon Stewart think for you?

Seriously, we have close to 400 comments on this in a separate thread. There are actually people who put their support of the medium in question because Limbaugh defended it, and are still bluntly in denial that this law was authored by a highly liberal democrat. I am dumbfounded by the amount of people on this site who refuse to research this issue and simply allow liberal propaganda to guide their viewpoints.

I would not begin to question anyone's decision to defend free speech regardless of their political party. But in all honesty, do you really expect that the liberal media would stand up for us? I saw a clip from Blizzcon on "The Soup" on E! earlier today. And the entire point of that clip was to make people like us look like retarded troglodytes who've never come in contact with women. Hey aren't a lot of the people here women? I could have sworn they were. But yeah, they still lump us in with the stereotypical pocket protectors, taped glasses, stupid hair...actually this is what the liberals think we are...

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Where did you find that picture? I think I know exactly where it originates but it's not the URL in your quote

You ever get the feeling you've slipped into an alternate dimension? Yeah, I'm getting that right now.

Raithnor:
This isn't a strictly "Liberal"/"Conservative" issue so the sides get a little weird.

Keep in mind no one WANTS to see M-rated games to minors. What we don't want is it to be a prosecutable crime for selling an M-rated game to a minor. No retailer wants to be fined if someone makes a mistake and accidentally sells a game to a minor.

PRO legislative regulation of video games:

Parents who don't play video games
People who don't play video games at all and don't "Get them"
People who see video games as a toy meant only for young children
Politicians that are in districts where people complain about video games a lot

CON who don't want legislative regulation of video games:

Free speech/Free expression enthusiasts
The Video Game industry and retailers
Those who play M-rated games

I'm not too worried, from what I know of the Supreme court they're pro-Free Speech and pro-Business. I think what you'll see is an 8-1 or possibly 7-2 decision.

Put it like this: Do M-rated games have more artistic merit than porn? That's what this decision is going to come down to.

That's going to be tough, have you seen how artsy most porn is [/sarcasm]

subject_87:
Hmm... I'd be willing to form an uneasy alliance with Mr. Limbaugh if he's on our side for this. Really, who'da thought that Rush Limbaugh of all people would support us?

Just about anybody who knows modern politics to be honest.

The Bandit:
My brain just exploded.

This is a "liberal and conservative" issue. Hardcore conservatives are anti-government- they oppose censorship. Hardcore liberals are pro-government- they support regulation. Rush is a hardcore conservative- he's against any unnecessary government.

What is the health care bill? Regardless of whether you support it or not, it increases government control. This is why conservatives are against it.

This isn't hard to understand, and it's not surprising that Rush is on the side that he is.

I guess the Internet is just used to being completely liberal.

This is it.

But people, do not think "democrat=liberal, republican=conservative". There's more horse crap in that thinking than a stable. There are plenty of republicans (read: almost every single one of them) who are very liberal and the idea that this is any place 'in the center' is absolutely bogus.

http://www.politicalcompass.org/test

Go there. See where you place. No, don't read the rest of this, take the test.

If you aren't in the bottom right (I.E. you believe in a smaller, government (THIS WOULD MEAN AGAINST REGULATION AGAINST MEDIA INCLUDING VIDEO GAMES) and you believe in individual rights (THIS WOULD MEAN AGAINST COMMUNISM WHICH WOULD MEAN YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES WOULD PROBABLY NOT BE MADE [HIGH PROBABILITY HERE, CHECK NORK OR ANY OTHER COMMUNIST COUNTRY])) you should probably figure out WHY you support ideas that do not go hand in hand with your hobby.

Also, the positions of the 2008 US election stuffs is off. Rather, it's not off based on how the media viewed them but off on their actual beliefs. For example, Obama is actually in the top left, around the same spot Bush is (nobody should argue this, the Health Care bill is incredibly left and incredibly authoritarian... of course the PATRIOT Act is heavily left as well, but more authoritarian than anything). Palin is much lower on the authoritarian side of things, but McCain is about where he should be.

Rush is somewhere in the bottom right. He believes strongly in individual rights and strongly against government. The surprise would be him NOT supporting the video game industry.

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Well, I do preach that help is help, no matter where it comes from. Maybe with this, the middle american moms will back off.

I don't get it. Limbaugh has been unusually rational these past few months, somewhat out of character.

P.S. Thanks

To quote Lewis Black, I don't wanna owe one to Rush Limbaugh.

I never thought I'd be thankful for Limbaugh being around....the times are a changin'.

Go you. I appreciate your back up!

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