Violent Video Games: Okay or No Way?
Here's why: In 2005, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a law that would ban selling or renting excessively violent video games to anyone under 18. That included any game where you could kill, maim, dismember, or sexually assault an image of a person. Those caught selling these games to minors could face up to a $1,000 fine.
"We have a responsibility to our kids and our communities to protect against the effects of games that depict ultraviolent actions, just as we already do with movies," the actor turned governor said.
But then the gaming industry fought back and won an injunction, which means the law won't be enforced until the courts make a decision. They claim that, like movies, video games have a ratings system that clearly shows which games are age-appropriate. Now, the Supreme Court will have the final say.
If this is any indicator of how the Supreme Court will rule, other states tried to enforce the same restrictions as California and courts have ruled in favor of the video game industry.