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With oral arguments set to begin on November 2 in the Schwarzenegger v. EMA/ESA Supreme Court case, the ESA, via its Video Game Voters Network (VGVN), is looking to send a message to the proposed law's chief proponent, California senator Leland Yee. As part of a campaign against the anti-game legislation, which the ESA terms "unconstitutional, unwarranted and unnecessary," the VGVN is asking gamers to send their old or broken controllers to Yee.

Additionally, the VGVN asks that gamers inscribe the message "I believe in the First Amendment" onto said controllers (we've illustrated the concept using an old ColecoVision steering wheel; pictured above), hoping Yee will understand that games should be protected as free speech -- and, perhaps more importantly, that game players are voters too. The VGVN adds that game accessories and cables are acceptable as well, making this the perfect time to finally put that GBA-GameCube link cable to good use.

Head over to the VGVN website for more details on how to send off your controllers and join the cause.
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The process the Video Game Voters Network has come up with is quite simple.

First, take your old video game controllers. Second, write "I believe in the First Amendment" on them. Third, pack them in a box. Then, mail them to the following address:

The Honorable Leland Yee
455 Golden Gate Avenue
Suite 14200
San Francisco, CA 94102

Be sure to snap a few pics of the package before shipping it off. The VGVN has a page set up so gamers can share their support with the community.

This is exactly how I like my protests: Non-violent yet extremely annoying.

Will it make a difference to Yee? Probably not. Is it entertaining? Most definitely, and we're all here to have fun.
 


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