CALIFORNIA ACT BANNING VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES FOR MINORS IS STRUCK DOWN

On February 20, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down as unconstitutional a California law that that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. This issue is controversial and will continue to be one of the most difficult battles for any state and the federal government. The video industry is a multibillion dollar industry. This profitable business will continue winning this battle because they have millions of dollars ready to fight for their market, and state officials and the federal government are too busy to dedicate time to think about the mental wellbeing of the youngest. After all, no one under 18 has the right to vote; so, why to bother. Yet, the young are the future of any society. We will wait and see how our future society will be after this unrestricted exposure to violence.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What was California’s argument in defense of the law?
How did the Ninth Circuit distinguish this case from Ginsberg?
How did the Act define a violent video game?

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