June 27, 2011
Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Video Game Industry
In a milestone event today, the Supreme Court ruled today against the Violent Video Game law presented by California law makers.
“Like protected books, plays, and movies, communicate ideas through familiar literary devices and features distinctive to the medium. And ‘the basic principles of freedom of speech . . . do not vary’ with a new and different communication medium,” said the court.
“This country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence. And California’s claim that ‘interactive’ video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its out- come, is unpersuasive.”
This is landmark event in that it sets a precedent for any future entertainment industry laws. This ruling protects video games under first amendment rights thus extending them the protecting that the Literature, Music and Video industry already have.
“Esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature… are for the individual to make, not for the government to decree even with mandate or approval of majority”
While it may be true that children should not be playing Violent or sexually explicit games it is most definately not the responsibility of the courts to decide this. The responsibility of protecting children falls on the hands of their parents. Parents and lawmakers that are angry with what children are viewing should not be targeting the industry but perhaps targeting themselves or parents of these children who are failing to protect the children from such content?
What does TGB think? Do think the court made the correct decision? Does anyone here think it should of gone the other way? Should the government regulate the video game industry?