Supreme Court Overturns Cal. Video Game Law

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  1. hawki

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    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday refused to let California clamp down on the sale or rental of violent video games to children, saying governments lack authority to "restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed" despite complaints that the popular and fast-changing technology allows the young to simulate acts of brutality.

    On a 7-2 vote, the high court upheld a federal appeals court decision to throw out California's ban on the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento had ruled that the law violated minors' rights under the First Amendment, and the high court agreed.

    Full story here : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_supreme_court_violent_video_games
     
  2. dw426

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    Good, it's not up to the government, to stores or lobbyists. It's up to parents to take responsibility for their own kids and said kids actions.
     
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    +1 :thumb:
     
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    I agree that its up to the parents, but what about rated R movies? Do you have to be a certain age to rent or purchase a rated R movie in California? I don't see any difference in this, and a video game. If there is an age limit to rent or purchase a rated R movie then that should be done away with as well.
     
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    There doesn't seem to be much point in keeping such a thing when it is already easier to watch such content online so I would have to agree.
     
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    The point of having a rating is so that a parent can make a judgement of the content without having to actually see the movie. R rated movies are likely to contain material they may not want to expose thier children to.

    Games already have a rating, sort of. What is wrong with using that rating the same way as movies? An R rated game would require a 17 year old to purchase, otherwise the parent needs to purchase it.

    This should not be about censorship or individual rights. It should be about whether or not material is appropriate for children. As children, they lack the judgement needed to make calls for themselves (and the same can be said of parents too). Maybe it comes down to whether or not you believe in "formative years" or not. If you do, then filtering exposure to material possibly not suitable for young children is common practice, thus a rating to help guide the parent. If you don't, well, then you don't.

    I would not let my children play a game or watch a movie that I did not know about. They are young, and I want them to be kids as long as possible. Soon enough they will experience "real life", but why rush it. As for my teenager, it become harder every day to be a parent as he develops his own self. Sometimes you have to be the bad guy and say "no way", and other times you have to give a little.

    Sul.
     
  7. andyman35

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    Agreed 100% :thumb:
     
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    Agreed! :thumb: :thumb:

    And it's sad that no governmental person ever talks about the "good things" that Video Games can bring. Like gamers in non English spoken countries can get an improved English for example. New friends etc... :cautious:
     
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    So happy this was stuck down. If it would pass then violent video games would be put on the same pedestal as porn and not like R rated movies. Which means stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Gamestop and other stores would STOP stocking them. Because they would not be stocked developers would not make games with mature content. Then laws would be made censoring content from games such as say Kansas passing a law saying blood is banned from appearing in games and Nebraska can pass one saying violent games in general can not be sold in the State. So even adults would be banned from playing them. Don't forget since a lot of game developers are in the US this would stop violent games from being made even for other countries. It would be easier to play it safe and make a family friendly game than make a super censored US version and an uncensored European/Asian release of a violent one.
     
  10. SIR****TMG

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    Was in newspaper here front page.
     
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    So true.:thumb:
     
  12. CloneRanger

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    "If" only ALL/MOST parents did & do take responsibility for their own kids and said kids actions.

    Unfortunately Most these days, do NOT :eek: So what do we do, nothing or something/s ?

    And it's not just violent video games either. What about sexy videos/movies & alchohol & drugs, & Yes even sex. You might not allow Any/All of these things, but an increasing Large number of "parents" do either allow, or turn a blind eye to it !

    These days Many young people have TV's etc in their own rooms, along with internet PC's & phones etc doing "whatever", whilst their "parents" etc are elsewhere - NO supervision.
     
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