Monday, April 26, 2010

Video Games and Ratings

Schwarzenegger v. Video Software Dealers Association, 08-1448.

The Supreme Court is going to take on a case about state law that forbid minor children from buying video games that are labeled Mature (violent). The plaintiff states this law would violate minors 1st and 14th Amendment Rights. And in case anyone need a reminder please read below. (Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“The Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, provides that "no state shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws".[1] The Equal Protection Clause can be seen as an attempt to secure the promise of the United States' professed commitment to the proposition that "all men are created equal"[2] by empowering the judiciary to enforce that principle against the states. However, it grants equal protection, not equal rights, and applies only to states, not to the federal government”

First, yes we do have a PS2 left over from before kids. With kids we have a Wii and 3 DSs by Nintendo. The best games for both systems cost anywhere from thirty to fifty bucks. And since my kids aren’t independently wealthy, as parents we buy the games. We check the rating, read the description; if we still are not satisfied we go on the web and watch a few videos about the game. Then we buy the game. We follow these basic rules when we go to the movie theater or rent a DVD. As a matter fact Red Box and Block Buster advise that the movie you are about to rent is restricted. A person under the age 17 can’t go in a watch a R rated movie without an adult. So, why can’t that apply to video games as well?


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