Court: Adult Video Games Can Be Sold To Children, Inconsistent Laws Continue (With Poll)
You all know I’m a gamer, and don’t blame video games for the problems in society. Frankly, to do so would be asinine. I also don’t really care about the violence aspect. I’m more concerned with the nudity, and the hypocrisy of the law.
With that said, US law is full of hypocrisy. This latest ruling only ads to that.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional to bar children from buying or renting violent video games, saying government doesn’t have the authority to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed”
Ok, fine. But what about movies and magazines?
Music and books have been protected under similar guidelines, and this ruling places video games in the same category. Typically, kids have been allowed to buy music and books with adult content because there are no images.
However, those same kids have been prevented from buying/viewing movies and magazines which visually show the same content. The difference … visual imagery.
So how is it that the courts can rule that video games, which use imagery, should be protected while movies and magazines, which use imagery, should not be? Why does the court see a difference in a nude magazine, and an embedded sex scene in a video game?
Perhaps it is that we are dealing with graphic depictions of people vs actual images of people. If so, could Playboy convert their images to cartoons using Photoshop in order to legally sell to minors? That’s no different than video game developers using live actors for their game character’s movements.
Violent video games don’t make kids violent … period, end of story. A simple label warning for parents is more than enough ‘protection.’ I question why the court feels it is ok to sell violent video games to kids, but they can’t get into an R rated violent movie.
Ultimately, I’d be happy with just a little consistency in the law. After we have that, we can then debate the issue properly.
- Court: Calif. can’t ban violent video game sales (pbpulse.com)
- Redbox begins renting video games in kiosks for $2 (cdriggers.wordpress.com)
- A Better World Through Video Games (scepticon.wordpress.com)