In an odd move, Cali got something right. I absolutely support the freedom of speech, and was a burgeoning metalhead in the days of the PMRC and their congressional hearings over evil heavy metal needing to be banned, Walmart refusing to carry albums with the parental advisory sticker, so I'm well versed in fighting for the right to sell your expressions. But putting an age limit on M-rated games ain't censorship. 1. The parent can still buy the game for the kid. 2. I'll wager that there will be many download/mailorder places that will happily be able to go around the California law. 3. Censorship means that your speech is made unavailable for anyone, or at least very large chunks of the population. When Walmart was refusing to carry stickered albums, that meant the record companies were losing huge markets, and many of us who relied on Wallyworld for our tunes because there were no other options around were cut off. In the internet age, such actions mean squat. And 4. It's a state law, not set by Congress, and as noted above, doesn't in reality limit anyone's freedom of speech or expression. The games are still out there, available to the masses. Kids just have to get their parents to put the money on the counter.
What say you, folks?