Sessler's Soapbox: Video Games in the Supreme Court

Posted: May 4, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Video Games in the Supreme Court
Adam discusses the supreme court case where the justices will decide if video games are a protected form of free speech.

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  • Sumoda

    As someone who works for a company that is all about video games(I think you know which one), I always make sure I get the ok from the parents. If I sold an M rated game to minor without the consent of a parent or legal gaurdian, not only would I be terminated on the spot, but I would be slapped with a heffy fine and possible jail time.

    Once again another awesome job by Adam keeping us informed. Looking forward to next weeks SS!

    Posted: May 4, 2010 4:11 PM
  • Ben999999

    Oh, and regarding the law in Arizona: Why won't the government get serious about stopping illegals from entering the country and just build a wall already? Then it's just a simple matter of "you have the proper paperwork, welcome to the United States" or "you don't have the proper paerwork, please come back when you do." At least Arizona is doing something.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 4:10 PM
  • corysc

    Retail chains already limit the sells of Alcohol, Tobacco, Dvds, and Magazines. Parental discretion can only take you so far, Kids are always going to try to get there hands on things when there parents arent looking. Im not talking about the 16 year olds with the part time job who wants to buy a copy of Modern Warfare 2, Im talking about the 8 year old who thinks leisure suit larry looks cool (the old pc versions, not the new ones on the consoles)though i dont think they sell those anymore, ive only seen them a couple times in bargain basket for 99 cents. If the parent is there, then the person behind the desk shouldnt think twice, but you know as well as i do that there are some things in games that a kid shouldnt see, and if a parent were to walk in and see there kid playing it when they just bought on there walk home from school they are gonna flio and if you are the one that should it to them, you will probably get sued as well as the store for selling it to them. So if the law doesnt pass, you still refuse to sell it them trying to protect your own ass, then you get sued for Not selling it to them. Id hate to work at a game store.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 4:08 PM
  • MoGuNZ

    Awesome man very well said

    Posted: May 4, 2010 4:02 PM
  • Ben999999

    I fail to see how this is a first ammendment/free speech issue. Nobody is trying to say that game developers cannot make the game that they want to make, only that retailers can't sell it to people under a certain age if it has a certain rating. While I don't agree with the "research" that says violent video games warp kids minds, it's not such a bad thing to say, "hey, parents, if you want your kid to have this game, then you have to buy it for them." I think it's a good thing, really, because many parents out there have no idea what their kids are up to (mine sure didnt when I was a teenager), and if kids have to ask their parents to buy the game, then hopefully at least parents will take a look at the game, and then they can decide if it's right for their child. There's ways around this of course...some parents just wont care...a kid can ask an adult off the street to go into the store and get the game for them, but in general, I hope that this law will get parents involved more in their kids lives, at least in some small way.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 4:00 PM
  • palefox

    this is to much...its not up to the court to ban video games...metal music...or anything else that could damage a child. make parents responsible for there young. if this things are so horrible for kids then why is it they can buy rap cds. (not attacking rap. just using it as an example.your right..i dont like rap) banning sales isnt going to stop them. they will find other ways to get them. people are resilient and get what they want if they want it bad enough. this is all just silly

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:59 PM
  • Canid117

    The Dead to Rights dog makes me jealous that my Siberian Husky is so small and scrawny and wimpy.


    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:55 PM
  • g4tvroxdahouse

    Have to disagree on the Arizona point. That is referring to ILLEGAL aliens not LEGAL. It strictly forbids race profiling and aims to to make it harder for ILLEGAL entry into the USA. More states need to join the fight and quit putting their heads in the sand. If you think the problem will just fade, then why are your taxes being raised, why are we paying into a pot that others are not but continue to take benifit from?

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:51 PM
  • linc77

    weird things goin on in this country right now. democrats and republicans not negotiating at all, this arizona thing, the far right tea party thing. No one needs to bomb times square... we are destroying our selves already

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:48 PM
  • Tman88


    Exactly how I would've explained it.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:48 PM
  • teknoaxe

    Plus a link to the Bill as well. I'm sure an english major can understand it perfectly.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:47 PM
  • teknoaxe

    Have you read the Arizona Bill 1070? I think you're mistaken at what this law does. Really, this law is a mirror of Federal Law that's already been passed.

    There are only really three paragraphs that deal with what powers the law enforcement has when dealing with illegal aliens and none of them have anything to do with racial profiling or stopping people beyond what an officer would already stop a person or a car for. It just gives the officer a duty to research immigration status if legal contact has already been made.

    This is not to plug myself, but I made a youtube vid about this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=K0i2LSyjbEM

    It contains the three paragraphs that I mention.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:45 PM
  • frankurban

    "games, good. reading, better."


    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:44 PM
  • NoBodysGamer

    The Arizona law is EXCELLENT, its just you liberals cant stand when white people protect themselves.

    BTW, let me enlighten you, ALL over the world, in Europe, Australia, ME, everywhere people actually have Citizen ID cards, USA is the only country that dont.
    And in all countries there is a law that adults must carry Citizen ID cards with them and that a police man can ask you for it anytime and if you don't have one you can be detained to see if you are a citizen or not.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:41 PM
  • Bigsbie

    Am I wrong or does the Constitution and Bill of Rights protect US citizens? Because I am pretty sure the law passed in Arizona will be bad only "if" you are in this country... ILLEGALLY!! Props to Arizona! Interestingly enough... I would read a book by Sessler as well.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:39 PM
  • Kyte17

    @ Adam Sessler

    I am in no way trying to criticize your perspective on the new bill in Arizona because you are right that it is unconstitutional. I do want to ask though how you think we should combat illegal immigration in this country when the federal government has made it clear that they aren't going to help the states control who enters our country. I would just like to know what other solution is possible other than what Arizona has proposed...

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:37 PM
  • electricflame95

    Video games SHOULD be sold to minors, after all, they're the ones buying them. They shouldn't be able to buy certain games, though, such as somebody under the age of 17 buying an M rated game, or somebody under the age of 13 buying a T rated game, etc.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:34 PM
  • toadthetoad

    I have hung on nearly every word you've said for years now. Even when I disagree with you, you are so intelligent and eloquent in your arguments and commentaries that I can't help but respect you. That being said I couldn't agree more with everything you said in this soapbox and being an [ashamed] Arizonan I hope more people listen to you and start getting involved.

    And yes, please write a book.

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:34 PM
  • Angelicsin87

    America is dying! No longer are there great movements and the admendments are being underminded. Are U.S. fathers would be pissed about this. When i'm making my own games in the future I plan on including extreme nudity, violence, crime, and harsh racial views(Not that i'm racist but include what were historic racial problems that aren't really seen in games or todays racial problems). I agree minors shouldn't buy violent games, but I don't disagree with a parent buying the game for them. Really, I don't see a problem with showing children any of this content. If with a parents consent I would show them. My parents bought me violent games and let me watch highly rated movies growing up and I haven't a crime on my record and I had good grades. This is just more Bull!@#$ that is caused by stupid parents who have no clue why their kid is screwed up. It's always medias fault, never the parents...

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:33 PM
  • Turtleboy7

    I wish our world wasnt run by idiots :(

    Posted: May 4, 2010 3:25 PM