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?


  1. ScrotusKilmystr - June 30, 2011 3:35 pm

    It’s just intresting that if you add “socialized” people will pull out the guns and be ready for war BUT when it comes to Freedom of speech well we can let the goverment decide what we say, think, see, feel…. ugh
    Anyway I totally agree with the Supreme Courts’ decision 100% time for parents to step up and get involved their families lives and quit expecting the goverment to do it for them! Freedom is a privilgee that comes with a price we cannot pick and choose what we wnat to have the freedom to do…. all or none
    haaaa much better now rant over while waving my american flag surfing “medical reference material” and playing duke nukem on-line

  2. PimpmasterF - June 28, 2011 12:44 am

    I gotta agree with the supreme court here. Parents need to step up and quite relying on everyone else to do their job, be responsible and know what your kid is into and control such content accordingly. I do however feel that companies should be able to enforce policies that prohibit minors from purchasing explicit games, but unfortunately that still comes down to constitutional rights violations. But bottom line is at the end of the day the parent is responsible for what their child is exposed to in their home.

  3. CharcoalCoyote - June 27, 2011 4:43 pm

    I’m teaching my little sister to play League of Legends. It’s free, fairly easy to learn, pretty competitive, and incredibly safe. I’m doing this partially to introduce her to the internet and gaming world, and partially so we can have something to do together when I go off to college. The chat filter in LoL is practically useless, but she goes to a public, underfunded city school in a small town in North Carolina; there are none of those words that she doesn’t already know.

  4. zero_19 - June 27, 2011 4:24 pm

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. My daughter will play the games that I approve of her playing at whatever age she may be at the time.

    It is up to me to make those judgement calls and I applaud the Supreme Court for seeing that.

  5. CharcoalCoyote - June 27, 2011 3:29 pm

    I started to write a reply to this, but I felt it was drifting too far off topic, so I’ll make it its own article. Hooray for good judgement on the part of the Supreme Court!

  6. AceOfNades69 - June 27, 2011 2:00 pm

    I find it interesting that everyone goes after the video game industry when it has the same set of rules as movies. If you’re old enough you can buy it, if you’re not be with a parent or guardian. Retailers enforce this rule and parents try to regulate what their child is exposed to. Are parents going to get mad at the movie industry if their kid sees a violent rated R movie?


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