The US Supreme Court justices are going to decide if US states crossed a line when they tried to ban kids getting their paws on violent computer games today.
Eleven states, including Florida and Texas, have joined California and have ordered that parents are not qualified to decide what their kids can play and want the kids bubble wrapped so that they don’t get harmed by anything.
The law prohibits selling minors games that depict “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” which would do violence to most computer games.
The only problem with those laws is that the Founders of the US had a little more common sense and did not like the idea of censorship in any form, even if it is carried out under the guise of “protecting children”.
The States are asking the Supremes to uphold a law that bans the sale of violent video games to minors younger than 18. These states say that young people need moral and psychological protection.
However, eight other states, including Washington and South Carolina, want California’s law trashed. There will be an hour long oral argument this morning and then a subsequent court decision.
If the Supremes back California’s law, the ruling could invite censorship on books, movies and the Internet, if it is in the interests of protecting kiddies.
This makes it a lot less likely to go through and the smart money is on the Supremes telling the Californians to go forth and multiply.
Needless to say the law is also opposed by the tech industry which has a huge stake in winning.
Ironically the law was pushed by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made all his cash making ultra-violent flicks such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Terminator”.
His law was passed in 2005 but has never taken effect.