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

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
    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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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    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.
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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.
    Maybe not, but is it the Federal Government's job to tell the states how to run themselves? This is my whole point. I thought a Conservative court would take a Conservative view on this issue.
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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Maybe not, but is it the Federal Government's job to tell the states how to run themselves? This is my whole point. I thought a Conservative court would take a Conservative view on this issue.
    Well....pretty much every government regulation on product sales supercedes state regulations (marijuana in California, for example), so I'm guessing this decision was in line with those considerations.
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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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    Re: Court: Calif. can't ban violent video game sales

    I don't like how SCOTUS overruled the States in this matter, but regardless, the law was bunk in the first place. Children presumably live with guardians and those guardians are presumably responsible for what their children do. Growing up, my cousin was not allowed to play video games at all, and his mother achieved enforcement with ease.

    Movies that have R ratings don't allow kids in at theatres, but kids are free to watch them via the internet or through rental if their parents let them. Video games are not much different. And frankly, neither is porn. The parent groups need to stop with the crazy legislation because it is choosing for the parents as if they know better.

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

    I think porn and video games are different things. All porn should be out of kid's hands as the courts have ruled. There isn't rated "E for everyone" porn, and T for teen porn (he he, teen porn), etc. Video games have clear distinctions, I mean everyone should know this by now, we parents buy them for our kids and look at the ratings, and the kids have to argue with their parents for games with certain ratings, so we should all be well versed in this. And again, who says what video game is violent? What if I consider a spongebob video game where spongebob hits people with a mallet to be violent, but I don't consider Grand Theft Auto to be violent? You really just can't ban video games... it just makes no sense. Let the parents decide.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Maybe not, but is it the Federal Government's job to tell the states how to run themselves? This is my whole point. I thought a Conservative court would take a Conservative view on this issue.
    It's a good question......bottom line for me is that the state way overstepped their bounds but the particulars are something that makes one think about how we go about things like this.

    For me, politicians need to quit thinking they are everyone's nanny's and we wont have these conundrum's.

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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?
    We don't need protection from the government state or federal from product sale or viewing be it porn or video games.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Maybe not, but is it the Federal Government's job to tell the states how to run themselves? This is my whole point. I thought a Conservative court would take a Conservative view on this issue.
    The right wing justices are corporatists, as they always side with the corporations.


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