Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Videogames

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Check this out:

http://games.ign.com/articles/117/1179211p1.html

Toward the bottom of pg 1 is a quote from Gearbox president Randy Pitchford bitching about how his poor baby Duke Nukem was a target of this law and trying to make Duke seem patriotic to sell more copies.

Betcha I can find a copy of Duke for less than $10 at a Gamestop in less than a year.

Honestly, after the "Games are art" thing, I figured this was already in the bag. And...it looks as though I was right.

This is a hell of a day for everyone in favor of common sense winning out over idiotic moral crusades. Sorry, fundies - guess what? You can't ban stuff just because you find it objectionable. If you don't like it, don't look, and if you don't want your poor, pitiful crotchfruit children to partake in violent media, you might actually have to be a parent instead of expecting other people to do your job for you.

I'm actually pleasantly surprised at this. 7-2 is pretty overwhelming in the context of a case that actually makes it to the Supreme Court. It's a big, beefy middle finger to the religious wingnuts.

YEEAAAHH! GAMING PARTY AT MY HOUSE!

Err actually, my house is too small... Gaming party on a TF2 server? Since it's free now and all...

Jordi:
So, does this mean that a 10-year-old can now go out and buy Duke Nukem or any other R rated game?

No just means video games can continue to be a self-regulating industry with the ESRB, instead of an industry regulated by national law.

Dastardly:
Punks got justiced.

I am stealing this phrase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-4E7u84wSA

Faith in Government has gone up by 1!

Frehls:

synobal:

Frehls:
Unfortunately, looking at some comments on the matter on other news sites, most people are still in favor of restricting video games in such a way.
Given the ignorance of many people on just how the ESRB and retailers work, even on this very site, I sincerely doubt this is the end.

Generally the supreme court is the end for just about everything. Also what websites are you looking at I cruised over to CNN.com and everyone there seem to be in favor of this decision.

Just now I went to Fox's website to look at the comments (I know this is not a representation of everyone's opinion). The article itself was, of course, spun against games. Most of the comments were ignorant drivel, saying that a minor can just go buy violent games now, but they can't buy violent movies (see my original post for why this is false).

I'm extraordinarily pissed off at the ignorance. I'm far from being a liberal, but also far from being a conservative. I sincerely hope this is the end of this.

I went there looking for news too and there was a banner ad for world of warcraft. I laughed so hard

666Chaos:

Treblaine:
This isn't just important for America, this is important for video games acceptance all over the world.

I really wish you guys would stop being so bloody arrogant that you actually think this was going to have an effect on anybody but the US.

I wish you would realize that the US has the highest game sales in the world and if we were to make it a felony to sell violent games to children, it would have over-arcing consequences for the industry as a whole. Don't be so arrogant to think this doesn't affect you.

i saw this coming but it's nice to see the justice system working


Today's a good day!

Yay, we won the battle...for now. I'm sure this isn't over

But for now, party in the streets and get our kids to play GTA!!!

Jordi:
So, does this mean that a 10-year-old can now go out and buy Duke Nukem or any other R rated game?

Not if the store says no like all do already.

After their ruling about Westboro Baptist Church I was worried that they might fuck this decision up too! Thank God I was wrong!

There are only 2 words to describe this success!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_VheAwZBuQ

Yes! Yes!

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Oh thank the Jebus.

Now can we move on?

Im thankful for what this will do to help gameing but lets face it, when it comes to the "masses" the words of a bunch of learned people in a big house doesnt always have the most sway. This is great but if they favoured the other way I think most here will agree that they would fight tooth and nail until it was over turned and obviously this goes both ways. This is brilliant as it will be a bottom line to slam haters with but the opposing media/people arnt going to shut up any day soon.

Still, HUZZAHS all round!

Oh god I couldn't be more happy right now. Maybe some of the crap about video games will stop now... To think my mother was for this bill.

Absolutely fantastic. Yet another move toward gaming being widely accepted as equal to movies, books, etc. And, to be honest, a victory to parents who actually want to parent over those who would rather have the government dictate how they parent.

I think the real news here is that for the first time in recorded history, Scalia didn't suck more dick than Britney Spears at a bukake convention.

Very good. Very good.

Now let's focus on Australia...

Still can't believe I'm happy with Scalia. Ah well, I'll take what I can get I guess. I feel this video demonstrates my thoughts on this:

Fun fact, the there is NO video of that scene. Well there is, but there's no un-edited version. Either pictures, full song with repeated scenes, or another song all-together. Or it was recorded on a camera that was pointing at the TV, which sucks.

But still, that's my feeling with this.

Doubt anyone will see this though, what with it being on page 8. But whatev's.

Who is betting Fox will get word of this and say how it's a bad idea...?im guessing in at least a week we will definitely hear something, could be wrong though.

Anyway, Awesome news, i want to celebrate...who's with me? =D

Now Arnold'll be like "NOO, GET TO THE CHOPPAH"

Well that's a relief

BOOOOYYAAAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SUCK IT MIDDLE AGE PARANOID HOUSEWIVES!!!!!!!!!!

Steel Stallion:
I mean, they're voting for a law that prohibits the sale of adult rated games to minors. Isn't that how movies work as well? What's the issue here?

I'm not sure who the "they're" you're referring to are. The state of California passed a law saying that certain video games could not be sold to minors if it had adult content such as sex and/or violence. This law was challenged in the courts and it reached the California Supreme Court and eventually it wound its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. It is the function of the Supreme Court to decide whether or not a law violates the U.S. Constitution or is permissible under said constitution. What the Supreme Court ruled was that a law banning the sale of video games to minors was not constitutional.

A retailer may still have a policy that precludes them from selling certain game titles to minors. We have a ratings system here in the United States for motion pictures where theaters voluntarily agree not to sell minors tickets to rated R movies. However, there is no law preventing theaters from doing so.

this law is the reason why i never liked the democrats.COOPERATEIONS ARE TEH EVILZZZ

K so this is it right? No more taking shoots at our medium for the crap that dumb people do, no more censorship crap, there going to leave us alone and let us enjoy our games and good times, and in the off chance join us. I swear to god ( or your chosen deity) if this carp starts in Canada ( were I happen to live) i am going to lose my frigging cool.

I am in favor of this decision. I hope it was common sense and not high paid lobbyist in the shadows this time around.

I just read the fox news article on this to see what they thought. at the end they mention bulletstorm and DNF, Why do people take these games seriously, especially DNF.

THE tf2 anouncer should of appeared and said VICTORY! ENGLAND NEXT PLEASE!

Yes. OH GOD YES. Now that the Supreme Court is on our side,nothing can stop us! *diabolical laugh with lightning in the background* Now,Canada next,please.

Frostbite3789:

666Chaos:

Treblaine:
This isn't just important for America, this is important for video games acceptance all over the world.

I really wish you guys would stop being so bloody arrogant that you actually think this was going to have an effect on anybody but the US.

I wish you would realize that the US has the highest game sales in the world and if we were to make it a felony to sell violent games to children, it would have over-arcing consequences for the industry as a whole. Don't be so arrogant to think this doesn't affect you.

It is illegal to sell mature rated games to minors in many other countries so that alone is not a big deal. Also last time I checked the video game stores complied with the ESRB ratings around 80% of the time. So ya the actual law making it illegal to sell them to minors itself would actually have an extremely small effect. The only that part would do is prevent developers from marketing games to people well under the age limit, hint hint bulletstorm and we could use less games like that.

Hell if you look at it there actually is a ton of benefits from a law like that actually being passed. I do think that the california law was a little to vague but I think that something similar to what many other countries have would actually HELP the video game industry.

Gamers didn't win today. Know who won? The guys who voted against prohibiting. They won us. They realize that we are the new breed of voters. So are they against prohibiting? Or just a future tactic to gain votes?

Yes! Happy day. And just as I thought. Though, I didn't know how the vote would break down. I'm just happy it was 7-2.

Also, anyone that actually thought Scalia, Roberts, and Alito were gonna vote against this have no idea what they were talking about. I mean, Scalia was practically trolling the California lawyers. And based on previous judgments I was confident they would vote for games.
Seriously, the Supreme Court voted down the "Crush video" law. Why would anyone think they wouldn't do the same here?

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