stonecoldq (stonecoldq) wrote in gaming_pleasure,

Supreme Court Slays California Law

Monday, the United States Supreme Court hit the California Legislature like an end game boss attacking an unwitting player, striking down the state’s law, prohibiting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The state passed the law in 2005, claiming that the gaming industry’s voluntary rating system was not strong enough.</p>

In the 7-2 ruling, the court ruled the video games, like movies and other forms of expression, were protected free speech, in accordance to the Constitution of the United States. In the ruling, the court notes that states have the duty to protect children from harm, but they have no “…free-floating power to restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.” In the ruling for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “California has singled out the purveyors of video games for disfavored treatment – at least when compared to booksellers, cartoonists and movie producers – and has given no persuasive reason why.”

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