Supreme Court to Rule on Violent Video Games

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Is it unconstitutional to ban the sale or rental of ultra-violent video games to children?

The Supreme Court plans to answer that question Monday with a ruling that could profoundly affect a multibillion-dollar industry.

California wants to prohibit the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. But federal judges have declared that the law violates First Amendment free speech rights.

Justices seemed closely split in November, with some arguing that parents need help protecting children from violent games like "Grand Theft Auto IV." But other justices seemed reluctant to carve out a new exception to the First Amendment to cover violence in games.

More than 46 million American households have at least one video-game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18 billion in 2010.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    I have lost all faith and credibility in SCOTUS. They have not made any major rulings based on common sense and I never read in the Constitution that it was deemed OK to allow anything that leads to the demise of the nation. The whole justice system now relies on perception of truth, lies which are now "misstatements" and not facts which you can NOT distort. Where are the parents and why don`t they keep their kids from this - why didn`t the grandparents teach rights & wrongs? Oh, I know - many got college educations which teaches common sense is wrong. SCOTUS will not rule against the video game industry as the support for "all things business" is paramount and the rights of citizens is secondary as was proven when they ruled corporations were 'citizens' who could lawfully make unreasonably huge political contributions. This could be part of indoctrination for everyone to join the 'electronic society' just like direct deposit, card swipe and cellphone purchases with the new 3D barcodes so all paper money can be eliminated.
  • by Whatever on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    It astonishes me that parents will have no problem with an impressionable 10 year old playing the bloodiest and most violent video game out there but if there is any nudity in something they get so upset. We act like the human body is dirty and something to be afraid of but we think that violence is natural and even a preffered way of dealing with problems. That's America for you.
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