The law which sought to ban the sale or rental of violent videogames to minors in the state of California has been deemed unconstitutional; The Supreme Court made the call with a 7-2 vote earlier today, saying in clear terms that “video games qualify for First Amendment protection.”
“Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas-and even social messages-through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world),” stated the Court (full *.pdf here).
“That suffices to confer First Amendment protection. Under our Constitution, ‘esthetic and moral judgments about art and literature . . . are for the individual to make, not for the Government to decree, even with the mandate or approval of a majority.'”
If you’re getting a sense of deja vu over this whole thing, it’s for a reason.