In a scene played out before in previous showdowns with the Music and Comic Book industries, the Thought Police lost their case in the U.S. Supreme Court against the Game Industry.
The Supreme Court today negated the passing of a law that sought to make it illegal to sell violent video games to minors.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 7 to 2 to overturn a California law restricting the sale of computer and video games, stating that video games qualify for protection of free speech.
“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas-and even social messages-through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world). That suffices to confer First Amendment protection. Under our Constitution, “esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature . . . are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree, even with the mandate or approval of a majority.”
This court hearing ends a long battle with California legislators, stating that violent video game sales to minors is not a criminal offense.
“Reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat,” said Antonin Gregory Scalia, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. “But these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional.”
While it may be of questionable judgement to allow a young minor to be exposed to scenes of gratuitous violence, this judgment is to remain with parents and their values. Once again the Thought Police have mistaken esthetics and morals with what is criminal. Too bad the Thought Police don’t put more thought into understanding the root of the matter.
Source: Supreme Court