Supreme Court Ruling on Video Game

In another blow to the Terminator, the U.S. Supreme Court killed a California law that banned selling violent video games to children. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the video game ban just goes too far and that the existing nationwide, industry-imposed, voluntary ratings system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the appropriateness of computer game content.

The court found that the California law imposes a restriction on the content of protected speech – yep, video games are “speech” as Thomas Jefferson often said. Accordingly, the ban is a 1st Amendment no-no unless – as you remember from con law – it passes the strict scrutiny: is it justified by a compelling government interest and is narrowly drawn to serve that interest. That didn’t happen here, apparently.