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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  • GiantN64

    I completely agree with the statement that once one of the Big 10 goes all are next on the chopping block. Keep the preaching! Its your soapbox for a reason Mr.Adam.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 8:18 PM
  • shotkid29

    Mr. Sess, you couldn't have said it better. All these laws seem to be attempts to put the blame on the state of certain children on video games rather than the parent's own inability in raising their child. And with those "tests" that you shot down, there has been more proof in tests that lead to the opposite idea. They did it on Penn and Teller's BS, where they had a kid who plays CoD4 multiplayer everyday for like an hour fire an actual M14 assault rifle, he fired one shot and started to cry a few minutes later. The main reason video games are scapegoats is because , mainly, the Columbine shooting, where the two gunman "trained" on Doom. Its such BS when the right wing acts like the high and mighty and try to strangle the Constitution by trying to turn its wording around in a manner that contradicts itself.

    I also liked the points you made with the violations of the 4th Amendment regarding AZ new law. I am not going to deny that there aren't legitmate arguments for the law, escpecially with the Cartels on the border pushing product through and some abuses of the system, but it is still rascism on an astounding level. All this law proves is that there are still enough people who use the old style of segregation thinking today, which is just horrible and violates not just the Constitution but our very human rights.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 7:33 PM
  • VikingLord144

    If everybody would just read the law in AZ they would realize that it is in NO WAY discriminatory against anyone. Cops can pull over people who are violating traffic laws and ask for ID right? If you do forget your ID at home all you'd have to do is show proof of it on a later date in court. That already was/is law. This just allows state/city officers to check immigration status after someone has been pulled over. It strictly forbids racial profiling, any officer that does profile doesn't deserve to be an officer and should be fired. Once again ILLEGAL immigrants are the ONLY people targeted by this law. IT IS ALREADY A FEDERAL LAW. BILL 1070 IS JUST ALLOWING STATE/CITY OFFICERS DO WHAT THE FEDS ALREADY DO I'm tired of seeing my friends and family effected by drugs that have/are being smuggled into the U.S. by illegal immigrants and paying for their healthcare. i think that g4tvrocksthehouse put it right. people need to get their heads out of the sand and stop eating all the garbage that the media feeds you.
    On a side-note Adam is by far one of my favorite people on the internet and tv. Ir he ever wrote a book i would read it several times over.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 6:54 PM
  • Insane_genius

    Sessler you said it so prefect,that i honestly cant think of anything to add to what you said.i agree

    Posted: May 6, 2010 5:58 PM
  • bolander9

    Adam, I have a great deal of respect for you & love watching your soapbox segments, however, I must disagree with you on this Arizona business. I don't want to dump all of my frustration with the media on you but I am getting very frustrated with the way our nation's news providers are covering this story. Not everyone down here are dumb hicks with guns. We care a great deal for the rights of all men, but what about the rights of citizens of this country that are victimized by violent aliens? This in not just a "political" or "philosophical" debate. Real people are getting hurt everyday; and Arizona is at least making an effort to do something about it. Please, come down and see for yourself what it is like down here.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 4:00 PM
  • Pyri

    Video games as language is a very interesting topic.
    The problem here in Europe, especially in Germany and Switzerland, is that of video games to be considered as something like hate-speech.
    And there are laws against hate-speech here
    Another problem is that there is no or not enough differentiation between freedom of expression and freedom of opinion. At least not in my countries, which means that violence in video games is also usually to be considered as "meant to be" (in real-life) and "wanted" in the sense of someone not only wanting to see a nice rainbow in a video game but also in real-life. And these thoughts are present left and right of the political spectrum in Europe which makes the chance that video games are prohibited for adults too so big.
    Dear Adam Sessler, please keep up the good work!
    I'm maybe your greatest fan and often quote your show on my German blog http://pyri.wordpress.com, Juergen from Austria

    Posted: May 6, 2010 3:14 PM
  • magic1264

    Everything this country was founded on? Which ideal or ideals are you referring to: is it that all men are created equal; or how bout the fact that they are endowed with certain inalienable rights, which include, but certainly not limited to, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; no all of these are much too lofty and intangible.

    Look, opening up our borders doesn't mean "no laws, no order, and complete chaos," I merely am in the position that access to our country should be much less difficult than it is now. We need to steer away in the direction of trying to kick people out, and finding more ways to get people in. This could go the way of more government regulation, or less government regulation, it doesn't matter.

    You're right, though, in the sense that I don't hold our government responsible for the decisions, or indecisions, that make it its domestic policy. I hold the responsibility with the people who vote, who are pushing policies in absurd directions, the example in this case being the AZ law. I feel strongly on this matter because the proponents of the law either don't realize, don't take into account, or are completely ignoring the DRASTIC negative social impacts this will have on a very large population in AZ state; using reasoning ranging from extreme "finally we can get these damn illegal lawbreakers out of our country" to logic like yours "oh at least they did something."

    In just the case of this AZ law, it is not just my believe, but incontestable fact that that the negatives will far outweigh any positives the state of AZ, and our country, might see from this legislation. So, yes, in this case, I would rather our legislators DO NOTHING, keeping the status quo, than pass harmful, racist pushing legislation like AZ bill 1070.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 2:40 PM
  • FuzzofPekinopolis


    I wish you luck in your fight to destroy everything that this country was founded on and has fought to keep. And I hope that your still around when it all comes crashing down and will be accountable for your actions.

    It is not the people that are coming into this country that are the problem, it's how. It is someone like you that feels so strongly about this subject. You would rather have no laws, no order, complete chaos. Rather than holding our own government accountable for their indecisiveness on this problem. Rather than having any kind of responsible opinion short of the utopia you feel the world is.

    I believe you think you are the only one with the correct answer.

    I believe you are wrong.

    Posted: May 6, 2010 10:26 AM
  • Shuklar

    Adam's been watching me! I have sex in barns ALL the time! Usually it's with horses though...

    Posted: May 6, 2010 8:57 AM
  • taveon94

    I beleive it's a shame that something like this is even going to the supreme court, isn't this something that can be solved internally between retailers and whoever is so concerned about minors buying "M" rated games. I'm almost 16 and when I tried to buy Resident Evil 2 at a retro video game store the clerk said she couldn't sell it to me...it's not like I'm 11 trying to buy God of War 3 and even if I was the whole matter shouldn't be on a judicial level it should be something easily resolved within all the major hierarchies of gaming mostly developers and retailers

    All the issues in the country but the Supreme Court wants to decide whether virtually published material is free speech :P

    Posted: May 5, 2010 7:52 PM
  • slimmer

    Right on Adam , thank you for being you.
    Great docu "The War On Kids" thewaronkids.com

    Boycott fast food , that'll show em

    Posted: May 5, 2010 6:57 PM
  • Battlefields

    The constitution protects everyone, unless you cant vote.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 6:02 PM
  • Darkpuppy

    Id like to pop in from another country far far away and give an outsiders view on the things Adam has chatted about in this soapbox. First I cant help but always think of Islam's Koran/Qu'ran every time I hear about the American Constitution and Bill of Rights. I'm sure its just me but it seems as though you hold the constitution in the same holy like status as Islam do the Qu'ran. This is in no way a dig at either of the two just an observation about how strongly you hold this document that was written long long ago. It is interesting that these where written far before the world became such a small place where we are able to move from one set of beliefs and laws to another in the click of a mouse. How does this effect us and limit us or can it open us up to see other options to the way we are. If you are so vigorous about defending your document and its laws/beliefs then you must understand the right for another to do the same. It is however a little concerning that some people need pieces of paper to tell them how to behave and what to believe is good. The fact that people can hide behind these pieces of paper with ink scribble to do horrid and appalling things, yes even in the US, is a demonstration of their limitations. Having not read either of the two I have no idea of similarities of differences though I am sure there would be many of both.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:40 PM
  • theplaga

    People need to stop getting their info about the arizona bill ( or anything ) from wikipedia. Hopefully i wont need to explain why.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:38 PM
  • DesertedEagle

    Am i the only one who thinks it's hilarious when Adam does his crotchety old man voice and he does the semi jazz hands. Freakin awesome! LOL

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:17 PM
  • firestorm713

    Thanks for interjecting politics, Adam. This whole political climate is reason to give pause. I wonder, have you ever noticed how the direction we're going is similar to the destination of civilization presented in the older game Deus Ex? Food for thought.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:01 PM
  • Tactical Ninja

    Why does the government always complain about this crap, dont they know theres esrb. Im going to make games in the future, and i dont want nobody complaining "OH your game is too violent". Its called America or what it used to be

    Posted: May 5, 2010 4:14 PM
  • daemonbellum

    concerning the Arizona law, yes it does seem a bit excessive, but it's purpose is foremost to attract attention to the problem of illegal immigration--not to infringe upon constitutional rights. If it goes too far then I'm sure it will be repealed. As a concerned Texan, I'm glad they're at least doing something.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 3:46 PM
  • magic1264


    Try to think of political ideologies as a two dimensional framework rather than the one dimension that is portrayed in the media (regardless of outlet). Political Ideologies are measured on both a Social and Economic dimension (think of an x-y graph, X being social and Y being Economic). Conservatives, which is what Adam is accusing of the court to lean, falls heavily for more control over the government regarding social matters (i.e. gay marriage) and less control over Economic matters (i.e. taxes, social security). Conversely, Liberals want less gov. control over social matters, and more control over Economic. And to make an increasingly long story short, Libertarians want little control over each and Communists want a lot of control over both. Of course, its needless to say, everyone has varying degrees of where they fall on the chart.

    Idk if that helps clarify anything. This usually takes a couple days to explain to a classroom full of students ><</safety_wrapper> ;

    Posted: May 5, 2010 3:23 PM
  • jdeamaral

    I think we should be responsible in dealing with "can a child buy a violent game" I don't think they should buy violent games, just as I don't believe the should get into R rated movies. Why not let them buy porn? As adults, it is our obligation to try and keep the child as innocent as possible, for as long as possible. Parents should be able to decide weather or not their child can play a Grand Theft Auto, or Manhunt.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 3:08 PM