US Supreme Court Strickes Down California Video Game Ban

June 27, 2011  |  

By Charlotte Young

It’s a victorious day for young video game enthusiasts all over California. Bloomberg reports that the US Supreme Court voted against a California law that prohibited the sale of violent video games to minors, declaring the law “an unconstitutional infringement on speech rights.”

With a vote of 7-2, the court disagreed with the state’s assertion that violent game are equivalent to sexual materials, which government can restrict in efforts to protect children. The law would have restricted the sale and rental of video games depicting violence against humans and “appeal to a deviant or morbid interest of minors,” to anyone under 18 with fines of up to $1,000 for any violators. It did not specifically detail restrictions for online sales

If the California violent video game ban had been upheld, other states may have potentially duplicated the measure.

The video game industry, which makes over $10 billion in annual sales, believes that even if the California law had been upheld, it would have no serious impact as it has a voluntary rating system already in place with age specific ratings.

With the right to play open to kids of all ages, the only thing that will keep the youngsters from their favorite past times of blowing up towns and killing people now are disapproving parents.

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