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US Supreme Court strikes down violent video game law

By Emil · 29 replies
Jun 27, 2011
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  1. The US Supreme Court today sided with the video game industry, in the six-year legal match with California lawmakers who wanted to make it a crime for anyone in the…

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,680   +762

    Was a ridiculous law to begin with - that's California for ya. Can't believe we had to waste out Supreme Court's time on this nonsense.

    Here's a novel idea: how about we let the parent's do the parenting instead of the government?
  3. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,128   +129

    "the Supreme Court has once again declared that it is the responsibility of a child's parents to make sure they act responsibly (in this case, non-violently) in society"

    This couldn't be more true. Quit your moaning and take care of your rotten kids people!
  4. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    I have watched these societal people blame everything I have ever liked in my life as something that causes you to be evil. Yet I still manage to be a productive member of society who listened to "bad music", "played D&D", "active gamer" etc etc. and I have never felt the need to kill anyone.

    Walking test case here.
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,636   +1,025

    No we want BIG BROTHER to take care of everyone o.O
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,264   +454

    I think even most parents feel this way. This is merely happening for political positioning.
  7. CHISEL954

    CHISEL954 TS Rookie

    so true, kids-people that act out in violence had a seed planted from birth or grew from lifestyle of abuse / bad parenting etc..., not watching the Terminator or playing GTA then saying i feel like stealing a police car to run over some prostitutes today! People need to stop blaming everyone-thing else and look at themselves. Imagine if this law passed, we would be stuck watching shows like the Brady Bunch & playing Frogger all day. (Oh Frogger gets hit by cars so maybe not)
  8. CHISEL954

    CHISEL954 TS Rookie

    BTW: i'm 36 yrs old
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,680   +762

    People who blame video games for violent acts among kids are frankly, morons. 97% of the time their dysfunctional behavior is a result of bad parenting, the other 3% of the time you're dealing with a legitimate socio/psychopath.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I have to admit, having gone on a pretty big GTA IV bender in the past few days, the next time I left the house, when I saw a guy on a motorcycle, a thought did pass through my mind to run up to him, punch him in the face, and drive off on the bike. Good for him there were 4 cop cars driving down the street.
  11. california is the most retarded state in the whole US,
  12. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,575   +248

    So does this mean they will finally be able to come out with Adult rated games? you know.. games with nudity or pornographic games? These would be a big hit, I'm sure. Expecially with the online experience you could have nowadays... brings a new meaning to a one night stand...

    California may be the most retarded state... but if liking the most retarded state is wrong, then hey I dont want to be right.
  13. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I believe Mississippi has that honor. At least according to the people in Alabama.
  14. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    I would agree. Expect a campaign commercial at some point in the future to say so-and-so candidate doesn't 'protect the children' and to quote this decision.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,760   +2,431

    And yet still others claim it is West Virginia. There they blame the retardation on inbreeding among the mountain folk. You know how people like to talk.

    Unless you're going to come down on "nature" as the bringer of true sociopathy, then you could probably blame the parents for that also. And yeah, I think sociopaths are reared, not born.
  16. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    That's what my college buddy from Virginia said. When called on his "stateism", he replied that people from Virginia have a right to make fun of West Virginians. Beef probably goes back to the War of Northern Aggression.
  17. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    So true, i have take care of my 11 yo bro since he was 8 1/2 and i always let him play violent video games (of course i play them 1st to see if they have inappropriate content for those games that i dont know their game "style") and so far he doesnt have any violent behavior, more far he is more calm than most of his "flash game" player friends (*cough* farm ville).

    Its just a matter of fail parenting, kids now yell to their parent to get what they want, break things or even worse they dont seem to understand what id bad or good.

    Oh and for those school shootings that blame video games... well they where bullied and decided to take justice in their own hands since the mouth breathing authorities dont seem to understand bulling is the real source.
  18. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    Video games are like anything else..if you show it as taboo, people want it more. Same thing with Catholic priests. If the church would let them marry or at least get a piece of tail now and then, you would see a significant drop in priests that are pedophiles.

    Playing a violent video game is no more damaging than taking your kids to a movie that has violence. Parents just need to do their jobs and explain why violence is wrong fi the kid doesn't quite grasp the concept.
  19. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    Every time theres a slow news day violent video games effect on children gets brought up. Some housewives get to clucking, it goes to court where facts are looked at and the clucking sheeps crusade inspired by a slow news day is cast down.
  20. Why don't they make educational video games?
  21. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    That is a serious contender for stupidest statement of the year. Pedophiles are pedophiles.

    Not getting ***** does not lead you to go after little boys. I'm sure you've gone through a dry spell like all of us have at one point or another. Did you feel the temptation to go abuse little boys?

    The Catholic church made some horrible mistakes in not dealing with the problem when it arose, and they rightfully are called on it, but to equate sexual abuse with celibacy is an *****ic conclusion.

    How do you explain the majority of child molestation, which has nothing to do with priests, by men (and women) who have the freedom to have sex with any other consenting person that they want. It's a mental illness, usually brought about by being a victim of similar abuse when you're young.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,760   +2,431

    They do, nobody buys them, and they wind up in the five dollar and under bin.

    Not to mention that homosexual pedophiles are homosexual pedophiles, I mean little girls go to church too, don't they? Priests seem to avoid them like the plague
  23. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    From what I understand, its not homosexuality. Most male abusers of boys would probably identify themselves as heterosexual. I think it has to do with 'recreating' the same experience you went through. It's really quite sad, truly a vicious cycle that repeats itself.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,760   +2,431

    I think that probably the last source I would consider credible about the sexual orientation of abusers, is the abusers themselves.

    As far as a "cycle of abuse" theory, that has comic ring to it, as were we to reference that to the Catholic Church's issues on abuse, then we might speculate that the continual reiteration of abuse, could possibly extend back a couple of thousand years.

    So, I'll just paraphrase Mick Jagger's, "Sympathy for the Devil"......"Just as every priest was an altar boy, and all the queens are straight".......
  25. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    ^^^^^^shot !

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