Game Industry seems confident the California Ban on violent video games will be pwned (had to) and that the Court will side with them.
Just for a little refresher, back in 2005 a bill about a ban on violent video games was sent in to fine the sellers and minors who sell and purchase the game respectively $1,000. Although it was blocked in California courts and several other states where it was attempted to be implemented the Supreme Court has decided to hear the case.
The pivotal point in the case was revolving around First Amendment rights applying to the video games in question such as 'Postal 2'.
The Video Game industry already explained about the ESRB rating and policy around the the "Rated-M" mature title games and can only be sold to individuals of 17 and over and that video games should be given the same protection that other mediums have to freedom of speech under the First Amendment.
Rich Taylor, vice president of communications at the Entertainment Software Association, had this to say:
"...computer video games are deserving of same protected constitutional rights as any other medium. There's a real danger in deciding to let the government take the role of parent. You're going to see natural bleed over. One reason a book publisher, the movie and music industry and broadcasters all put in briefs supporting our cause is they see the danger."
Vince Desi, CEO of independently owned video game publisher Running With Scissors said this regarding the case.
"I'm hoping for a unanimous decision in our favor because at what point where does it go? On regular network TV there are shows with adult sexual issues. Cable is even worse. Arnold [Schwarzenegger]'s whole career has been based on violence. Books, hopefully they leave alone, they've been around since the founding fathers."The Supreme Court will announce their ruling later next spring to next summer. So till then, enjoy all your M rated games America.
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