Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh says he is a staunch defender of video games and strongly opposes legislative efforts in California to regulate the industry.
“Your video game is your video game and you don’t think the government should have any role whatsoever in applying any artistic sanction to it or any stamp of approval,” Limbaugh opined during an October 29th broadcast.
“If you want to buy something raunchy in a video game, you should be allowed to, and if it’s too raunchy the market won’t support it? Fine, it dies. If the market likes it, then we got a cultural problem to deal with, but the government ought to have nothing to do with it.”
Limbaugh also criticized those who advocate increased government control over the lives of American citizens.
“Join me any time the government tries to impinge on anybody’s speech. Join me when the government tries to tell you can’t eat trans fat. Join me when the government gets involved in all these other behavioral and speech things that they try to tell you and control us we can’t do.
“If it’s taken a video game to get you interested and have the light go off, to have you see what liberalism is all about, I’m glad to have you on our side, ’cause I agree with you. Leave your game alone.”
“[Clearly], the people that put together these video games are artists in their own right. If you’re gonna start saying that video games are raunchy, then how the hell do you leave cable television alone? If you’re gonna tell people they can’t watch a raunchy video game then how do you allow 90% of what’s on HBO or Showtime in terms of their original programming?”