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    Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about the federal court's decision to throw out California's ban on violent games, marking the first time a case involving the interactive medium itself has gone before the Supreme Court. It's another sign that the $20 billion-a-year industry, long considered to be just child's play, is now all grown up.
    And I hope that SCOTUS does the right thing by striking down the California law that treats violent video games much like pornography. It is none of the government's business what the general public purchases in the way of games. Oh yes it is, some are bound to say. Violent video games affect our children, right? Um, wrong. There has been violence on TV for ages. Do we ban TV shows? How about guns? Should we ban those too?

    The government is a government, not a damn nanny!!

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    Ahhh the good ol' Cocoon Mother lobby, the folks who think children MUST be protected at all costs from swear words, violence, and boobs, until they turn 18. Because if little jimmy hears the word ****, his poor little brain will just explode for some reason. Also, boobs will scar him for life. Somehow. Violence? Surely little Jimmy can't tell the difference between fake and real, if we let him play Mortal Kombat he might shoot fireballs out of his hands and tear someones head off, bringing the spinal cord with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Surely little Jimmy can't tell the difference between fake and real, if we let him play Mortal Kombat he might shoot fireballs out of his hands and tear someones head off, bringing the spinal cord with it.
    That actually sounds to me like a good reason to expose kids to Mortal Kombat.
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    Re: Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Ahhh the good ol' Cocoon Mother lobby, the folks who think children MUST be protected at all costs from swear words, violence, and boobs, until they turn 18. Because if little jimmy hears the word ****, his poor little brain will just explode for some reason. Also, boobs will scar him for life. Somehow. Violence? Surely little Jimmy can't tell the difference between fake and real, if we let him play Mortal Kombat he might shoot fireballs out of his hands and tear someones head off, bringing the spinal cord with it.
    Speaking of Jon Stewart's call for sanity and reasonableness...

    C'mon man, are you really saying that you think it's insane that some people don't want to let little kids check out M-rated video games? We already have a near-identical system in place for movies, yet nobody really bitches about that.

    Unless you firmly believe that 8 year olds should be able to walk in and see/purchase anything they want from porn to gore-fetish videos, then you presumably think we should draw a line somewhere. These people think the same thing. Rather than acting like they're lunatics, why not explain why your preferred line is better than theirs?
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    Re: Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

    Just to be clear Dan, the law bans the sale or rental of M(mature) rated video games from children. It's not an overall ban. I am a video game fan, and I am split on this. I can see both sides of this.

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    Attention all pathetic pissant parents who blame the entertainment industry for kids going nuts: DO YOUR ****ING JOB!
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    Why would I blame someone else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Speaking of Jon Stewart's call for sanity and reasonableness...

    C'mon man, are you really saying that you think it's insane that some people don't want to let little kids check out M-rated video games? We already have a near-identical system in place for movies, yet nobody really bitches about that.

    Unless you firmly believe that 8 year olds should be able to walk in and see/purchase anything they want from porn to gore-fetish videos, then you presumably think we should draw a line somewhere. These people think the same thing. Rather than acting like they're lunatics, why not explain why your preferred line is better than theirs?
    Given the costs of video games compared to movies it is unlikely a child will be able to buy video games on their own without the support of their parents. Also most parents will see said video game in their house. Which will allow any parent who does not lile said video games to prevent their child from buying it or at least playing it if the child somehow bought it.

    Unlike movies which are cheap enough that childern can go see on on their alllowance, and they can do so without thier parents knowing what movie they went to see.

    Overall a parent who shows even a little amount of parenting can prevent their child from playing "mature " games, it would require a fair bit more to control what movies the kid went to see.


    Basically their is no need for a ban on the sale of mature video games. They already have ratings on them, any parent can see the rating and determine if they want their childern to play it or not
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    Re: Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Given the costs of video games compared to movies it is unlikely a child will be able to buy video games on their own without the support of their parents. Also most parents will see said video game in their house. Which will allow any parent who does not lile said video games to prevent their child from buying it or at least playing it if the child somehow bought it.

    Unlike movies which are cheap enough that childern can go see on on their alllowance, and they can do so without thier parents knowing what movie they went to see.

    Overall a parent who shows even a little amount of parenting can prevent their child from playing "mature " games, it would require a fair bit more to control what movies the kid went to see.


    Basically their is no need for a ban on the sale of mature video games. They already have ratings on them, any parent can see the rating and determine if they want their childern to play it or not
    DVD's cost $20, video games cost $40-60. I really don't see how kids would be able to afford one but not the other, or how kids would be able to sneak one around but not the other.

    The point is that this is in no way some heavy handed authoritarian policy limiting free speech.
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    Re: Supreme Court to hear violent video game case

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    DVD's cost $20, video games cost $40-60. I really don't see how kids would be able to afford one but not the other, or how kids would be able to sneak one around but not the other.

    The point is that this is in no way some heavy handed authoritarian policy limiting free speech.
    Further, this also includes video game rentals, which is a much lower cost. Also, you guys are assuming new and current. I can get some video games for as low as 5 bucks that are not current, but can include M rating.
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