supcourt Supreme Court   Video Games Protected By 1st Amendment

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 that video games qualify for First Amendment “freedom of speech” protection.  Why is this a big deal?  For one thing, it means that places like California cannot restrict games any more/less than they restrict things like movies, TV, books, etc.

“Since California has declined to restrict those other media, e.g., Saturday morning cartoons, its video-game regulation is wildly underinclusive, raising serious doubts about whether the State is pursuing the interest it invokes or is instead disfavoring a particular speaker or viewpoint.”

This means it’s up to consumers to decide what they play and not something the government should legislate.  Thanks to Gamasutra for the heads up!