Supreme Court Violent Video Games Ruling: Ban On Sale, Rental To Children Unconstitutional
A thread discussing this was made back in November (although its still on the main page I'll post the link anyway: Video Game Violence Taken to Supreme Court), where the State of California had made a ban on the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. The law was brought to the District Court of Northern California where it was struck down. Then California appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court where it was again struck down.
Now, after months of waiting, SCOTUS has made their ruling and has ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, stating that while states have the power to protect children, they don't have the power to restrict what ideas are exposed to children (in my opinion, the power to control what ideas are exposed to children are the parents themselves) and that there is no similar protection in place for any other form of media (while some stores may have policies regarding the sale of violent media to minors, the action itself is not illegal). This is a pretty interesting point to make because it highlights the fact that video games can be compared to other artistic mediums and that they should receive the same protection (this little nugget of recognition is something that gamers have been fighting for).
So, thoughts anyone?