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California violent games law set to go before US Supreme Court

April 26, 2010

A bill backed by the “Governator” himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, that proposes tighter game ratings and a hefty fine for the sale of violent videogames to minors will see the floor of the Supreme Court.

The bill, which was first conceived in late 2005, has been under scrutiny for some time, as it teeters very closely to the whole “infringing on the first amendment” thing. It

“Courts throughout the country have ruled consistently that content-based regulation of computer and video games is unconstitutional. Research shows that the public agrees; video games should be provided the same protections as books, movies and music,” said President of the Entertainment Software Association Michael Gallagher in an interview with Reuters.

The court is expected to hear the case when it begins it’s new term in October. Legalese aside, this is the final showdown for this proposed legislation.

[Thanks Joystiq, Reuters]

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