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US Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

The US Supreme court has recently rejected the 2005 California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under age 18. Now, parents could still purchase these violent games for their children, but any store caught selling the game to a minor could face a fine up to $1,000.

The court ruled against the ban 7-2, in accordance with the free speech rights found in the US constitution. Contrary to some beliefs that violent video games pose a bad influence on young children, the courts upheld that they did not want to filter what children are exposed to and essentially left that duty up to the parents or caretakers of the child.

There is no doubt that millions of kids in California are thrilled with the decision and will begin saving their weekly allowances to purchase the next M-rated game. I believe the courts decision in this measure was backed by the idea that kids will find ways to get the video games they are after.

Might as well avoid the hassle and let them buy the game directly from the store. Especially since the videogame industry is a $10 billion industry and the economy is still hurting. See the video below for a review on GTA4.

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