Video Game Law

November 3, 2010

Supreme Court Split on California Video Game Law

The Supreme Court appears to be split on the Cal­i­for­nia Videogame law that for­bids the sale of game to chil­dren under 18 that depict scenes of gra­tu­itous vio­lence, sex and tor­ture.  ““Why isn’t it com­mon sense,” said Jus­tice Stephen G. Brey­er, that if the law can for­bid sell­ing pic­tures of a “naked woman” to a young teen, it can also for­bid the sale of scenes “of gra­tu­itous tor­ture of chil­dren” in a video game?  Chief Jus­tice John G. Roberts Jr. agreed, cit­ing scenes from the game Postal 2 in which girls are smashed in the face with a shov­el and their bod­ies set on fire. “We don’t have a tra­di­tion in this coun­try” of expos­ing chil­dren to that kind of graph­ic vio­lence, he said. But in a case that seemed to break the usu­al lib­er­al-con­ser­v­a­­tive alliances, Jus­tice Antonin Scali­a­clashed with RobertsRead more…

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