Video Games protected under the First Amendment

Bigdog

New Member
Supreme Court rules the banning the sale of "violent" games to minors as unconstitutional.

After more than six months considering it, the Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of the video game industry, thus extending the First Amendment's protection to video games.

Aren't they fucking slow. It doesn't take 9 geniuses to know that it is a form of expression . If it took them this long to make something trivial like that protected, how can we trust these bozos for REAL issues like finally putting a boot up the States' asses and make gay marriage and marijuana legal for those who've been waiting their entire lives to be married and for those who need the plant to lessen their physical pain from cancer and chemo.
 

DekaThunder Rider

The word of the day is YES!YES!YES!
I`m glad the court made the right decision.But unfortunately, some other state will try to pass another law similiar to the California bill and the vicious cycle will continue.
 

Galaxian

Lurker
Aren't they fucking slow. It doesn't take 9 geniuses to know that it is a form of expression . If it took them this long to make something trivial like that protected, how can we trust these bozos for REAL issues like finally putting a boot up the States' asses and make gay marriage and marijuana legal for those who've been waiting their entire lives to be married and for those who need the plant to lessen their physical pain from cancer and chemo.

Well the argument is if something as unique and engaging as video games can be be consider freedom of speech if the consumer is the one acting it out, in the game, and not the creator/developer. Also, this law talked about Children, which immediately deploys several brakes on a fast decision.

Also, I think the Supreme Court cannot force a state to past a law, it can only revoke it.


I`m glad the court made the right decision.But unfortunately, some other state will try to pass another law similiar to the California bill and the vicious cycle will continue.

The idea is that other states can't do that anymore because video games are now regarded as free speech under the US Constitution.
 

Mr G

Fighting evil makes me thirsty

DekaThunder Rider

The word of the day is YES!YES!YES!
I`m not sure I`d consider video gaming to be art but I do consider it to be a legitimate form of entertainment.
It`s come a long way since the days of Pac-Man
 

Bigdog

New Member
Well the argument is if something as unique and engaging as video games can be be consider freedom of speech if the consumer is the one acting it out, in the game, and not the creator/developer. Also, this law talked about Children, which immediately deploys several brakes on a fast decision.

Also, I think the Supreme Court cannot force a state to past a law, it can only revoke it.




The idea is that other states can't do that anymore because video games are now regarded as free speech under the US Constitution.

I'm happy for that because video games should've been a long time ago . What needs to be gotten rid of is the ESRB because ,like the MPAA, adults should be able to buy games for them and partially because AO games are never sold on shelves much like the N rated films. That's the second step.


I recall from the early forms of this form of entertainment they were art, just art you can interact and play with. That and the amazing game art from titles Final Fantasy and others like it are just amazing ,especially since the tech allows for transfer of the sketches into the actual designs via the advanced graphics, if not the stories and plots.
 

Galaxian

Lurker

The deal is that video game are not widely considered as art yet. I personally believe that the Mass Effect series is a work of art by its own merit, but most of the world still views it as a toy. Right now there are some spectacular video games that excel in specific areas, some that are even on display at the Smithsonian Museum. Unfortunately, the world, in genera, has not gotten serious about them yet.
 

Tom Constantine

Chief HJU News Editor
Wait, does the American games industry have NO age rating system for games? A six year old could go up and buy LA Noire in shop? :eyebrow:
 

FlashNeko

Member
Wait, does the American games industry have NO age rating system for games? A six year old could go up and buy LA Noire in shop? :eyebrow:

No.

We do have an age rating system from the ESRB and it's better enforced then certain people out there would have you believe.

So a six-year old could not buy LA Noire. Their PARENTS could buy it for them but that's a whole other story.
 

Galaxian

Lurker
Wait, does the American games industry have NO age rating system for games? A six year old could go up and buy LA Noire in shop? :eyebrow:

It's like FlashNeko said.

What the Californian bill wanted to do is ban the marketing of violent video games to young children, and since retail cannot really control who sees their commercials and stuff, it would have pretty much forced some retails to take the games off the shelf altogether.
 

Tom Constantine

Chief HJU News Editor
But there's no laws to say six year olds can't buy it? What's stopping retailers selling it to them?

I don't remotely buy that retailers wouldn't stock certain items for this reason. Everywhere else in the world just requires you to show ID if they believe you're under-age regardless, even if it's an art form. This goes for cigarettes, going to cinema, club entry, anything. How hard is it to ask if you're unsure? This is actually quite a bit worrying for the industry.
 

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