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    Top court to rule on California video game law

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday it would decide whether a California law banning the sale and rental of violent video games to minors violated constitutional free-speech rights, the first time it will consider a video game case.


    The justices agreed to hear an appeal by the state after a U.S. appeals court based in California struck down the law, which also imposes strict video game labeling requirements, as unconstitutional.

    What I don't understand about this case is why SCOTUS is going to rule, based on a First Amendment argument. IMHO, what this boils down to is one simple fact - Who do the kids belong to? In other words, who are the parents?

    1) The parents

    2) The State

    Knowing the answer to this question is to know why the California law is being ridiculously argued as a First Amendment case. There are certain areas where the government should not have any control whatsoever, and that is in the area of child rearing. Sure, some of these video games are not good for children, but it is not for the government to decide. It is for the parents to determine if these games are right for their kids. Government should never be in the business of bringing up kids. With all due respect to the First Amendment, what parents teach or fail to teach their kids is none of the government's damn business. They should just keep their nose out of other people's business.

    If the government doesn't want to that, then perhaps they can pay the bills too. Better than that, let there be a governmental Department of Child Rearing, where bureaucrats can be assigned to watch kids play their first baseball game, attend birthday parties, change dirty diapers, and do everything else that goes along with parenthood. It must be nice for our government nannies to claim ownership on families, without having any of the responsibilities that go along with ownership. Such is our government, whose desire is to be the best absentee parents in the entire world. And, don't forget, they are doing it for your own good, of course. LOL.

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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    It really doesnt matter if they make this ruling, I know plenty of parents that even though they knew stuff like GTA was graphic and you killed hookers, they still got it for their kids.

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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    The problem is that people in this country freak out about big scary gubmint taking away parental rights, indoctrinating our children, etc, while simultaneously demanding that SOMEBODY step in and DO SOMETHING because WONT SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

    Which is it? Do we want the government to parent our children for us or not? If not, take some responsibility and be the parent for once!
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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    Well as far as I'm concerned, this is already handled. The ESRB is already built in without government interference. It rates the games and details the type of content inside. The stores and rental places agree to adhere to the rating, and thus do not sell say M rated games to 13 year olds. The parents can still buy it of course, but that's their choice. As for not selling it being a violation of free speech, I think that's a bit out there. There's a system in place and the retailers seem to obey it well enough. If a store doesn't want to sell a child a M rated game, then that's their business.
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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    The law should be stricken down because it doesnt actually solve anything. Parents are usually the ones that BUY these games for their kids.

    Do some ****ing research before you agree to buy little Timmy a videogame
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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    The law should be stricken down because it doesnt actually solve anything. Parents are usually the ones that BUY these games for their kids.

    Do some ****ing research before you agree to buy little Timmy a videogame
    In other words, be a parent, and don't allow the government to do it.
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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    Wait don't they already handle this with the game ratings. You can't buy certain games without being a certain age. This law seems redundant to me.

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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    Wait don't they already handle this with the game ratings. You can't buy certain games without being a certain age. This law seems redundant to me.
    Of course not. It was the voluntary actions of the resellers to make that determination. The ESRB was merely an act of stamping on a letter or accompanied number on the box.

    Sure, some of these video games are not good for children, but it is not for the government to decide. It is for the parents to determine if these games are right for their kids.
    Precisely why it is up to the parents to make the purchase, not the youth in question.
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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    I think those prosecuting for a ban are just tired of being destroyed on COD by 12-year-olds with too much time on their hands.

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    Re: Top court to rule on California video game law

    Quote Originally Posted by Areopagitican View Post
    I think those prosecuting for a ban are just tired of being destroyed on COD by 12-year-olds with too much time on their hands.
    I'm just tired of having to put up with listening to children on xbox live.
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