Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Supreme Court hears arguments on CA ban on "HTM" violent video games

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (ironically, midterm Election Day) heard the arguments in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, over a California law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors, following the notion of the “harmful to minors” construct well known from COPA. The plaintiff is also known by several acronyms, such as EMA, ECA, ESA.

A site called “Joystiq” has a report on the arguments by Christopher Grant, with a Scribd PDF of the oral arguments, here.  AOL published this to its subscribers this morning.

Reportedly Alito ribbed Scalia on what James Madison would have thought of video games.

The Washington Post has an article today by Robert Barnes, “High Court weighs California effort to ban sale of violent video games to minors”, (website url) here.

Many observers fear the effect of this case on other areas of entertainment, especially movies; the R-rating could become stricter as to violence. I recall being prohibited from seeing violent movies as a kid in the 50s; around 1952 or so there was a Saturday morning show “Movies for kids” that showed segments of “The Clutching Hand” that was disturbing enough then!

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