The Buzz: Gov. Jerry Brown touts program to teach video game design to underserved youth

September 17, 2013 

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The last time Jerry Brown made news about video games was in 2009 when he petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a law to ban the sale of violent video games to minors.

“California’s children are exposed every day to video games that glamorize killing sprees, torture and sexual assault,” Brown said.

The court sided with an industry group, finding the law violated the right to free speech. The state paid more than $1 million in opposing attorney fees.

On Monday, the Democratic governor attended a news conference at which the California Endowment and the Entertainment Software Association, an industry group, announced a video game design program for underserved youth.

The games being developed, presumably, are not the kind Brown was seeking to ban. Organizers noted that the software association’s financial contribution to the project – $150,000 of the $450,000 total – would come from the attorney fees paid by the state.

“I think that shows the creative hand that I bring to the governmental process,” Brown said. “They won, they got lots of money. Let’s pour it into our schools and kids, and particularly kids of color and kids that are low income.”

David Siders

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