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April 16, 2003
The Right to Virtually Assemble

John Scalzi (who evidently writes a column in OPM twice a month) poses the topic on his Whatever web column: The Right to Virtually Assemble.

But I think there's also an interesting wrinkle in the first amendment argument for video games that I'd like to toss out there for comment and criticism (which, of course, I'll use for background in my next OPM column). So far all the arguments for first amendment protection for video games is founded on freedom of speech from governmental intervention. But what about freedom of peaceable assembly?

The debate is an offshoot of his original articles about the First Amendment and how they apply to video-games (and the ongoing case against the First Amendment applying to video games). His peronal web-column is typically devoid of video-game topics, so this is a rare chance to take a gander at a great writer's take on the legality of video-games. Posted by bowler at April 16, 2003 03:09 PM | TrackBack


This is important wondering. Someone playing on pointed out that the efforts of activists "Polygons for Peace" were limited by social levelling in There, where you have to play the game and earn buddies before you are allowed to have large groups of people. So this friend gets a note from Polygons for Peace announcing that the leader has earned a higher level, "veteran socializer" so more people can appear in There to protest the war.

Posted by: justin on April 16, 2003 05:21 PM

> you have to play the game and earn buddies before you are allowed to have large groups of people.

That's either incredibly dumb or incredibly brilliant. I'd sign up and check, but apparently, PCs with the system requirements for There haven't been invented yet.

Posted by: misuba on April 22, 2003 08:44 PM
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