Supreme Court to Discuss Content-Based Regulations of Video Games

Ryan Whitwam

The US Supreme Court is going to be taking up the case of Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers Association, when it next meets in October. The case is centered around California's 2005 law that bans the sale or rental of mature rated games to minors. The law was ruled unconstitutional in 2007, but the state filed a Supreme Court appeal last year.

Historically, the legal system  has taken a dim view of restrictions on violent content. Similar laws in Michigan, Washington, and Louisiana have been struck down as well. Governor Schwarzenegger has made it clear he still supports the law which he believes protects the well-being of children.

If the law is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court it's likely that the issue may finally be decided. Where do you come down? Should children be legally prohibited from buying or renting mature games?

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