Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Court weighs state law banning 'violent' video games from children

   From a CNN article today: http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/11/02/scotus.video/index.html?hpt=T2
   Washington (CNN) -- "Postal 2" features the adventures of the "Postal Dude," an interactive video game character who, under the control of the player, must confront everyday tasks. But it is how he handles these errands -- with the power to behead girls, shoot police, and urinate on victims -- that along with other explicit games, has become a constitutional controversy.
Now in a dramatic Supreme Court confrontation, free speech clashed with consumer protection over these so-called "violent" video games and whether they should be kept out of the hands of children.
The justices Tuesday appeared genuinely torn as they heard oral arguments in the appeal of a state law to regulate the sale of such material to minors.

   The proposed law is a load of shit. Excuse my French. Read the article on CNN and read between the lines and judges like Scalia and Ginsburg think it's a load of shit too. The gaming industry has a rating system in place to help parents restrict the sale of violent video games to minors. If the law is passed, retailers simply won't sell those video games that have the potential of incurring a US$1,000 fine. Think about it, retailers make about $8 selling a $60 game. Is it worthwhile to make $8 per game if there's the possibility of getting mugged with a $1,000 fine? Retailers should have the freedom to sell the games that the public demands without a gun pointed at them that exacts a $1,000 fine if an infraction is seemingly incurred.

   There's too much nonsense and politics in the world. This case is an egregious example of the nonsense that goes through the political system and feeds the wastrels.

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