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    Nine States Oppose California In Supreme Court Games Case

    Yesterday evening saw the filing deadline for supporting briefs in Schwarzenegger vs. Entertainment Merchants Association - the Supreme Court case involving a California statute restricting the sale or rental of violent video game sales. Nine states oppose the law.
    Rhode Island, Arkansas, Georgia, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Washington, plus Puerto Rico jointly filed a brief supporting the games industry. Their paper made a range of arguments, saying California's law both treads on unconstitutional censorship and, worse, could waste law enforcement resources on defendants who could claim a games-made-me-do-it defense under the precedents set in a ruling favorable to California.
    "California's statute legitimizes the off-loading of personal responsibility on to a video game," wrote Patrick Lynch, the attorney general of Rhode Island, in a brief signed by his nine counterparts.
    Briefs supporting the games industry also were filed by the Motion Picture Association of America and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. "To be insulated from depictions and descriptions of violence, one would have to be insulated from the great works of religion, history, art, literature, and culture," said the booksellers brief.
    The California statute, twice found unconstitutional in federal courts, sets penalities for the sale or rental of extremely violent video games to minors. It is not based selling games of a certain ESRB classification, such as M, but on a broader standard related to violence. California seeks to have violence set as a new and separate standard justifying the content-based restriction, by the government, of expressive works.
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Schwarzenegger vs. Entertainment Merchants Association on Nov. 2.
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    Default Re: Nine States Oppose California In Supreme Court Games Case

    The government has no place in deciding something that is ultimately left to the parent discretion.

    Just so long as the material does not contain adult material, it is entirely acceptable for a parent to let their child play an M rated game.

    Now, as for actually preventing the 'sales' of M rated games to minors is a bit of different situation; given that there's no parental consent if the minor buys the game. On that specific issue, I'm a bit torn. Also, it's important to keep in mind the notion that restricting sales to a specific age demographic might hurt profit margins. The extent of which may be trivial, but still something to be noted.

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