Supreme Court to consider California's under-eighteens games ban

Posted by Emma Woollacott

The Supreme Court has agreed to reevaluate whether playing violent games is a constitutional right of the under-eighteens.

It's to review a Sacramento federal court's decision to prevent California from banning the sale or rental of games to minors. The law would also have required strictly controlled labeling on games, with fines of up to $1,000 for each violation.

But the Video Software Dealers Association sued the state over the proposals. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento ruled that the law violated minors' constitutional rights under the First and Fourteenth amendments, and it was never put into effect.

According to AP, California approved the law partly on the basis of studies linking violent games to aggression and antisocial behaviour.

"None of the research establishes or suggests a causal link between minors playing violent video games and actual psychological or neurological harm, and inferences to that effect would not be reasonable," it quoted Judge Consuelo Callahan as saying.

But federal judges disagreed, saying there was no proven link, and that there were better ways to protect children.

The court will hear arguments this fall.