The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of video game age limit laws on Monday. The ruling could have huge implications on the gaming industry. At issue: Brown v. EMA (formerly Schwarzenegger v. EMA), a case that could determine whether or not it's constitutional for states to punish retailers for selling violent and/or sexual games to children. Essentially, the Court is deciding whether or not games are protected speech, in the same way books, movies and music are.
Here's how you should get ready for the ruling:
- Read Jake Gaskill's excellent, in-depth series of articles on the case. There are four parts: One, Two, Three, Four.
- Get some popcorn ready for Monday morning. That's a "non-argument" day on the Court's calendar, and is the day when the eagerly awaited ruling is expected.
- Cross your fingers and hope the government decides to stay out of your favorite hobby.