Video Game Law Blog

February 14, 2005

In a clear case of art imitating art, the February 8 episode of Law& Order Special Victims Unit dealt with teenagers who were apparently inspired by their favourite gangster-lifestyle video game to commit a brutal crime. How video games are portrayed in other forms of popular entertainment is not necessarily of great significance. However, the Law& Order series is known for dealing with topics that are very current and of public interest, and the fact that it addresses video game violence indicates once again that this issue is garnering a great deal of public and media attention, and reflects the continuing concern (hysteria?) over video game content.

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