Supreme Court Votes Against California Video Game Law

This morning, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 against a California Law that was passed back on October 9, 2005. The law that California passed, for those who haven’t been following this issue, banned all sales of mature or violent video games to minors. For anyone that failed to uphold faced a $1,000 fine. The Supreme Court felt that this ban was unconstitutional and voted against it.

Video games are art, and they deserve the exact same First Amendment protections as books, comics, plays and all the rest, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling about the sale of violent video games in California.

This is a huge victory for the game industry as well as us gamers. Developers can now freely create games without the worry that the government will step in and dictate what can and can not be created. Reality is, and I’m a firm believer in this, is that it’s up to the parents to raise their children, not society nor the government.


  • What a greatt hing to happen for the gaming community. The people should be allowed to make their own decisions about video games, and that’s it.

  • I agree, this law was never about the gaming, the real problem starts at home, with parents. Growing up as a kid, I knew what was wrong and right thanks to my family, I new I couldn’t watch, play or listen to media that was inappropriate for not only me as a kid, but my family. I hate when people give video games a bad name — assuming that video games made a kid do a crime, when in fact , the problem was already existing within the household. Good parents, produce good kids and although we can’t always be there to help them with their actions — chances are they will end up making the right decision.

  • Illmatic

    Fu*k tha po-leece! Jk. I agree with deszmond. Videogames dont contribute to violence in kids- it all starts at home.

  • +1 for gamers everywhere.