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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
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    The ruling was 7-2 with Thomas being one of the two.

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    Supreme Court rules against California's violent video game law

    A proper ruling by the SCOTUS, and the first amendment is upheld for all forms of speech.

    The 7-2 ruling Monday is a victory for video game makers and sellers, who said the ban -- which had yet to go into effect -- would extend too far. They say the existing nationwide, industry-imposed, voluntary rating system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the appropriateness of computer game content.
    California ban on sale of 'violent' video games to children rejected - CNN.com


    Here is a copy of the ruling.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/08-1448.pdf
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    Re: Supreme Court rules against California's violent video game law

    This was a good and lawful ruling. If parents don't want their children playing violent games then they can parent themselves and not allow their child to play it or by confiscating games they feel are harmful to their child. The state doesn't need to make these kinds of parenting decisions.
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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Parents should be parenting. Let them control what games/images/videos the children are exposed to. It isn't the government's job to run nanny service.
    Exactly. Video games have ratings, just like movies. If parents are so clueless that they'd let an 8 yr old play a game rated "Mature, 17+ only" and actually buy it for them because the store won't sell it to the child, then they have shirked their responsibilities as parents.

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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    A good video about the ruling I'd suggest watching.

    Sessler's Soapbox: Games are Protected Speech! in High Definition
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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    I may be wrong on this statement but last I checked California was on of the more democratic states, if not pushing on a liberal binge. Based on what you are asking the current governemnt would see it as unsatifactory if the states actually ruled on anything. Recently we have come into a more centralized government that disagrees with giving states the ability to decide on laws that they would like. Playing the non-emotional card here the fore-fathers of America would rather have seen the states governing themselves with the federal government being smaller (atleast through the first 2-3 presidents and the creation of the whig, etc parties). George Washington is qouted as saying before he dies (not verbatim) "a two party system will destroy america". Depending on how this statement is considered one could say that called for limited national government and called for states to control what they believe should be controlled or that we should always agree upon the same thing (the later we really can't succeed at). In this case the state would have the right to determine whether or not we can ban violent games, but as the second post stated its not really the states job to do that. Parents from the X and Y generations could be considered as "slackers". The generations stemming from these two generations have become acoustemed to "violent videos", "violent games", "porn", "sexual innuendo" and much much more becuase of holywood, and common day tv and games. This is not the fault of the corportation but mainly the parents. I did not see my first violent game or movie until i was fifteen years old. I am not stating im better than others but if parents do their job and censor what their children are watching and doing it may be more viable than the state banning it.

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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    1st amendment overrides state's rights. I agree with the court: the existing system is sufficient.
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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Very interesting problem here. Does a state have the right to regulate the sale of violent video games to children? What about pornography? Past SCOTUS decisions on porn have relied on what is known as "community standards". But don't community standards also apply here?

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    Article is here.
    They shouldnt be able to sell violent video games to minors unless a parent or guardian gives their permission.

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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    Quote Originally Posted by Omgitsme View Post
    They shouldnt be able to sell violent video games to minors unless a parent or guardian gives their permission.
    That's already covered by law, and has been for more than a decade. Video games rated Mature cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 17.

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