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Tuesday, 28 June 2011 08:22

Supreme Court overturns ban on violent games

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Kids should enjoy them, too
The US Supreme Court has overturned a law passed by the California legislature prohibiting the sale and rental or violent video games to minors.

In a 7 to 2 vote, the court ruled that the law was in violation of free speech provisions in the US Constitution, or what’s left of it. Justice Antonin Scalia said that minors are entitled to a significant degree of First Amendment protection and that the government has no power to restrict the flow of ideas to which they may be exposed.

The law prohibited the sale of violent games to minors, but it was rather vague. It stated that violent games were those that in the opinion of a “reasonable person” appealed to a deviant or morbid interest of minors, or were offensive to prevailing community standards and lacked serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value. Judging by the last bit, it should also be perfectly legal to shut down Hollywood and send Michael Bay to a gulag in Sarah Palin’s home state.

On another note, despite the ban on violent games for under-18s, it was still perfectly legal for 17-year-olds to enlist in the US Marine Corps.

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+12 #1 robert3892 2011-06-28 09:34
This law was so vague it was bound to be overturned. Also state law should not try and act as parents. Parents should be the ones who determine what games their child should and should not play.
 
 
+5 #2 Super XP 2011-06-28 11:18
Enough of the bubble wrapping of kids, and stop trying to legislate common sense. Thank goodness they trashed this ridiculous law. Whoever voted to pass this garbage should be let go on a leave of absence, clearly they are not using their head.
Let parents do their job for bloody goodness sakes...
 
 
+1 #3 deadspeedv 2011-06-29 03:33
And Australia is still yet to grow up. Adults aren't even allowed to play Adult games in Australia.
 

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