Supreme Court rules that video games are protected speech

It’s a good day to be a video gamer! In its first ruling involving video games, the Supreme Court has officially struck down California’s game law that bans sales or rentals of violent video games to minors.

By a 7-2 vote, the justices upheld a ruling by an appeals court that declared the law, which also imposes strict video-game labeling requirements, as unconstitutional.

The decision, which is 92 pages long, states:

“This country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence. And California’s claim that ‘interactive’ video games present special problems, in that the player participates in the violent action on screen and determines its out-come, is unpersuasive.”

Six other states have attempted similar laws and have all been struck down in court.

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