U.S. Supreme Court to review state law banning violent video game sales to minors

Atty. Gen. Brown asks high court to reverse lower court rulings invalidating legislation

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed this week to review a California law that would prevent the sale and rental of violent video games to minors.

The bill, authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was signed into law in 2005. It bars the sale and rental to minors of video games that depict serious injury to humans in an especially heinous, atrocious or cruel way, according to Yee's office.

Under the law, video game manufacturers are required to review each game and place an "18" sticker on so-called ultra-violent video games indicating that they can't be sold or rented to anyone under 18.

Before the law could take effect, however, the Video Software Dealers Association, now part of the Entertainment Merchants Association, filed a federal lawsuit to block it, according to state Attorney General Jerry Brown's office.

In August 2007, the U.S. District Court for Northern California invalidated the law and Brown's office appealed the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the district court's ruling in 2009.

Brown then filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case and overturn the appellate court decision. Yee, along with the California Psychiatric Association and the California Psychological Association, submitted a "friend of the court" brief in support of Brown's petition.

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Posted by Thechildsittingathome
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I think that this ban would be nice but would not solve all the problems that need to be addressed.

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Posted by FoxTurd
a resident of Rosewood
on May 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

How bad are some of these video games? Is it equivalent to the type of violence you see in R rated movies or worse?

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Posted by Video Games
a resident of Avila
on May 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Well, in one video game you get points if you kill a police officer and beat up prostitutes. It's so sad that some parents have no clue what there kids are playing.

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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

Parents have no idea. The killing and beating with ballbats, knifings and the language is awful. What possible redeeming value does this garbage have for youth?

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

Some of these video games are pathetic. Who are the sick people who even make up these games?

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Posted by Sirena
a resident of Val Vista
on May 4, 2010 at 10:07 am

If teenagers can buy liquor, they will think of a way to buy violent video games. Some parents will probably buy the games for them too cause they have bought them in the past.

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Posted by Video Games
a resident of Avila
on May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Ahhhh! Just realized I spelled there the wrong way. Sorry, I posted after a long day.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Free speech will prevail and the games will continue!

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I'm sorry, but this ban is a stupid idea. If parents can't be bothered to know what their kids are playing, then they aren't very smart. These parents need to learn about the ESRB and their rating system. It's just like the MPAA ratings. Here's a link for anyone who wants to learn about the ratings: Web Link

The ban is unnecessary and essentially says these people are unfit to understand a simple rating system. Most stores don't even sell M (recommended for 17+) games to children without parents present.

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