bandcamp.jpg Freelance journalist and Gamasutra news editor Nich Maragos has a particularly interesting post on his personal weblog as a reaction to recent stories over more U.S. States attempting to implement anti-game legislation.

Maragos points out with regard to the movie biz: "There’s a new trend in DVD marketing where the home video edition of the movie is the “unrated” version. There were three such titles in the new releases section that I looked at - The 40-Year-Old Virgin got an unrated DVD last month, and this week saw two new ones for The Wedding Crashers and Dark Water." He continues: "I don’t really care that this is happening in itself... what I do care about is how little concern or commentary this has garnered from the same people bent on government regulation of the game industry.... Doesn’t it concern any of those lawmakers even a little that Hollywood is talking out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to content regulation?"

The conclusion? "A common argument from the weary Doug Lowenstein of the Entertainment Software Association when fighting these ridiculous anti-game bills is that it imposes a measure of government enforcement on games that no other form of media enjoys. The unrated DVD craze shows how right he is." Of course, the usual suspects are still raising somewhat of a stink about unrated DVDs, too - a recent Family Media Guide article, for example. But Maragos' point is still provocative and pertinent.