April 26, 2010

California Video Game Law Unconstitutional?

The Supreme Court said Mon­day it will be decid­ing if a Cal­i­forn­ian law passed last to pre­vent the sale and rental of  “patent­ly offen­sive” titles to minors is  uncon­sti­tu­tion­al.
Jus­tices agreed to hear the appeal after a U.S . appeals court based in Cal­i­for­nia struck down the law, which also impos­es strict video game label­ing require­ments, as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al.
The Supreme Court is expect­ed to hear and rule on the argu­ments dur­ing it’s upcom­ing term which starts in Octo­ber.  It’s one of most impor­tant cas­es for the term so far. 
“In appeal­ing to the Supreme Court, the state argued that the free-speech guar­an­tees of the First Amend­ment do not bar a state from pro­hibit­ing the sale of vio­lent video games to minors under 18.”
The law was adopt­ed in 2005, how­ev­er it has nev­er been put into effect because of the mount­ing legal trou­bles it has faced.
“The law pro­hibits the sale of an inter­ac­tive video game to any­one under 18 if the game was so vio­lent it was “patent­ly offen­sive,” accord­ing to pre­vail­ing com­mu­ni­ty stan­dards and lacked seri­ous lit­er­ary, artis­tic, polit­i­cal or sci­en­tif­ic val­ue.”
On a per­son­al lev­el I have no objec­tion to bar­ring the sale of M rat­ed titles to minors.  I just don’t believe chil­dren, espe­cial­ly ones in the 8 — 13 year old range, should be play­ing vio­lent video games.   It will be inter­est­ing to see how this pans out.  This is the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case on Video Games.


  1. thsoundman - April 26, 2010 1:46 pm

    I think our found­ing fathers would roll over in their graves if they knew the crap we deal with in our gov­ern­ment now.
    I have a bad feel­ing that this is going to result in a long long slip­pery slope of bad leg­is­la­tion.

  2. T8 - April 26, 2010 2:41 pm

    its not going to get bet­ter until it crum­bles com­plete­ly. Cant fix some­thing until its com­plete­ly bro­ken

  3. thsoundman - April 26, 2010 4:49 pm

    yeah the unfor­tu­nate thing is once somthing get’s leg­is­lat­ed it nev­er seems to go away and in most cas­es it tends to get worse and worse. I’m hop­ing this won’t be the case.

  4. PimpmasterF - April 26, 2010 11:59 pm

    I agree with the law, chil­dren are into shit way above their capac­i­ty of under­stand­ing. I was in a mall while still in col­lege and shop­ping in a game store and watched as a mom bought her 5–6yr old kid grand theft auto 3, the real prob­lem lies with the par­ents, they just arent doing their job, if they were we would­nt have mess­es like this.

  5. T8 - April 27, 2010 2:20 am

    exact­ly, but chang­ing the law to effect every­one, not just those who need it, isnt exact­ly what this coun­try was found on.
    Agree that the prob­lem is par­ent­ing. Dis­agree that its the gov­ern­ments job to step in.


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