published Monday, June 27th, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court rules California can’t ban violent video game sales

JESSE J. HOLLAND,Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says California cannot ban the rental or sale of violent video games to children.

The high court agreed today with a federal court's 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 said the law violated minors' rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments.

The law would have prohibited the sale or rental of violent games to anyone under 18. Retailers who violated the act would have been fined up to $1,000 for each infraction.

The court on a 7-2 vote said the law was unconstitutional.

More than 46 million American households have at least one video-game system, with the industry bringing in at least $18 billion in 2010.

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This is an issue of parents. The retailers put the warnings on the box, and you cannot purchase said video game if you are not of age. The children getting it through people and around the parents isn't their fault. I get disturbed when we blame issues on manufacturers and attempt to violate their rights with censorship. It's a parenting problem, same with Rated-R Movies,and so on.

June 27, 2011 at 6:29 p.m.
memphisexile said...

The video game industry voluntarily rates games and puts age recommendations on them. Instead of complaining about content maybe some of these parents should actually check to see what their kids are playing. These games cost about $70, so I am guessing the majority of them have to be purchased by the parents for the children. Be responsible for yourselves people. Here is an even better idea, turn the stupid T.V. off and tell the kids to go play outside.

June 27, 2011 at 6:54 p.m.
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