Supreme Court Ruling Is Big Win for Video Game Industry

In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court granted the video game industry some serious leeway Monday, striking down California's ban on the sale of violent video games to minors. The ruling certainly hit home for me. As I have previously written, my own children and I constantly deal with the issue of which games are appropriate. The premise of my in-house rules about what is and isn't fair game is the same one tripping up the courts: are the games inherently damaging? That debate is ongoing on both fronts.

For more insight on the ramifications of the ruling on the video game industry, I touched base with Bianca Bosker, Tech Editor of The Huffington Post.

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Really, these games don't promote violence...?? Slippery slope guys. And while we're at it, what do these games engender in the youth of this country? How to sit in front of a video screen for hours on end and munch on those healthy snacks Mom has in the pantry....good exercise. Better, lets order a couple of pies from Dominoes, hell they deliver and god knows they are full of nutrition. We are incubating out of shape, obese future diabetics in this country and i know better to think any of this will change in the foreseeable future. My only prayer is, and we are already doing it as a country, that we export to as many countries as fast as we can, these same technologies. Let's make sure they become as unhealthy and mentally indigent as we are. After all, we all like a level playing field.

June 29 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Get real.

This is American insanity again - you can't show a female breast, but it is okay if an actress is cut up with a chainsaw.

June 29 2011 at 7:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr Wonderful

Another brilliant supreme court decision letting kids buy violent videos,they can't buy porn, but videos of people killing each other is ok? I think the supreme court has become a joke,most are out of touch with reality and being appointed for life is what dictatorships do. These old fools need to be held responsible for idiot decisions they make and have to be elected by the people not appointed by a president of any political party.

June 28 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Crazy Cat Lady

Its rare I post on one of these comment sections. I usually am laughing too hard at the way people are arguing over little things. I would like to address a point of view that I have yet to see in this argument: The point of view of a gamer. I am a proud gamer. I admit to it gleefully. I have played everything from Mario to Halo Reach. I have noticed that in all these different articles of video games, everyone focuses in on the violence or games like Grand Theft Auto. Those screaming dont notice that some of those violent games have some of the best written plots and characters that I've ever come across. Now keep in mind I'm saying this while also being an avid reader of the old classics like Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Shakespeare, and so on. Example: Yes, Halo is violent but its a story of war. The characters are deep and developed and often tug on the heartstrings. I WISH Hollywood could come up with movies as engrossing as games like Dead Space, Halo, and Mass Effect. Games like GTA are a MINORITY. Not the majority. Remember that. They are the minority. For every game like GTA I can list off at least 3 games that arent the same. Video games these days offer a new opening for creative writing, artistry and technological development. A good video game story can inspire a child as easily as reading Romeo and Juliet or Anna Karenina. If a parent doesnt like the violence of GTA, they shouldnt buy the game for their children. If someone else does it, use it to teach the child the difference between right and wrong. The supreme court did the right thing. Censoring video games instead of making the parents responsible would have been the same thing as censoring a library. If someone suggested that in today's era, they would be shot on sight. Be involved in the games your children play. Dont just blindly buy something to keep them happy. Make careful choices in such things and teach them in turn to make wise decisions. Responsibility as a parent isnt an option. Its a requirement.

Now that I have said my piece, I imagine I will be crucified from here on out in these comments. All I ask is that you take a moment and think about what I said, not my typographical errors, before you begin.

June 28 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Think of these games as sort of like enforcing the no fly zone in Libya.

June 28 2011 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These violent video games pollute our children's minds just as drugs, alcohol, smoking pollute our children's bodies (and minds). If children have "rights" to see violent video games, TV, etc, do they then have an equal right to smoke, drink, take drugs, drive, not wear seat belts, etc. etc.? The Supremes have lost any sense of the issue.

June 28 2011 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ecsnydr's comment

why aren't you taking care of your children yourself instead of relying on the courts to do it, just say no to video games and get your kids involved in sports or the arts like a normal parent instead of letting your kids lay around like the bad parent you are

June 28 2011 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have lost complete faith in the Supreme Court. Seems they applied the"free speech" to the video game industry. so they can continue making millions. Is the Supreme Court most always on the side of the corporate rich? Ask any parent how they can successfully keep these games and violent TV programs from their children when they reach 13 and over.

June 28 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ecsnydr's comment

Throw out the TV and games. Throw in worthwhile activities, etc., that you can start making interesting to them when they are toddlers.

June 28 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have an idea....instead of relying on the Supreme Court for rulings such as this, how about PARENTS JUST DO THEIR JOBS!! I decide what my children do and don't see and play. That's MY job not theirs. If parents would just do their jobs then none of this would be necessary.

June 28 2011 at 10:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's fine, now how about naked women on tv. Enough of these censors, look at how the republicans and W got all bent out of shape over Janet Jackson's nipple.

June 28 2011 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get ready for a new generation of misbehaving youth. Thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Imagine...the Supreme Court ruling based on their "assessment" of what the Founding Fathers had in mind in the Constitution. This is the most silly and weak justification for a Supreme Court ruling.

June 28 2011 at 8:22 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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LEE Resolution

yep, that First Amendment to the Constitution can be a real stickler sometimes. While we're at it, I thought the Supreme Court was there to 'assess' and/or interpret what the Founders created, not change it. If you don't want your kids to play these video games, don't allow them to have the games in the first place. It's not the government's job to 'look after' your children.

June 28 2011 at 8:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to LEE Resolution's comment

The problem I have is these republicans won't legalize online gambling for adults. Yeah, I guess big government is only good when they are in charge.

June 28 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

however..there are unscrupulous people who will prey on the weak ,,,the innocent...and the uninformed.....who protects them....

but the question still remains...why is ok to sell a video to a child that gags...maimes.....rapes...and then kills a woman...but the same video cannot be sold to a minor if the woman is naked....i do not understand the logic.....

why is violence so protected in this country...

June 28 2011 at 10:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down