View Full Version : Judge blocks video game law

08-08-2007, 12:15 PM
SACRAMENTO - A state law intended to bar California retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors was declared unconstitutional Monday by a federal judge in San Jose who concluded that the legislation violates the First Amendment.

In a 17-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte permanently blocked the law, which was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005 to address mounting concerns that some violent and mayhem-filled video games incite violent behavior in youth. Among other things, the law required video game publishers to put an "18" label on particularly violent games.

The ruling was expected by video game makers - which have seen similar judgments in other states - but Schwarzenegger immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Whyte indicated he was "sympathetic" to the concerns of lawmakers, but he found insufficient evidence to continue the law of a connection between violent videos and violence in children.

The evidence does not show that "playing violent video games immediately or necessarily results in real world violence," the judge wrote.

The law, written by Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, hadn't gone into effect; the Video Software Dealers Association and Entertainment Software Association sued the state days after Schwarzenegger signed the measure.

The law, AB 1179, would have prevented those under 18 from buying or renting games depicting

Mr Luzcious
08-08-2007, 12:18 PM

08-08-2007, 12:18 PM
I don't know why they'd be handled any differently than movies.

08-08-2007, 12:24 PM

No nanny needed, thank you.

08-08-2007, 12:34 PM
Those bastards want to take away our cyber guns.

The second amendment applies to realities both and real and virtual.