Sessler's Soapbox: Games are Protected Speech!

Posted: June 27, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Games are Protected Speech!
Adam celebrates and rejoices in the Supreme Courts decision to declare video games as protected speech under the 1st Amendment.

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  • Jax009

    Im betting kids are still clinging to their fake ID's

    Posted: July 3, 2011 2:03 PM
  • Nub Salad

    I'm still not entirely sure why this is so great. Maybe I'm just not clear on the rules other media seems to have to follow. I'm pretty sure you need to be 18 to get porn and 17 to see R-rated movies. Are those 2 not also protected by the first amendment? 1 of 2 things should happen. Either it's legal to sell porn to kids and let them into R-rated movies or its illegal to sell m-rated games to kids.

    The only bad thing I can see coming from making it illegal for kids to buy M-rated games or play them is sales would drastically drop for games like CoD and whatever other M-rated games kids think are cool to play. Now, I personally don't give a crap how well game sells if they still make it, but I figure the same thing that happens with movies would happen with games. They release pg-13 movies to sell tickets and they would censor games that would normally be m-rated to sell games.

    I guess in those regards the ruling is a good thing, but I don't really care if it's illegal for kids to buy porn, m-rated video games, or go see R-rated movies. And it's already a policy to not sell m-rated games to kids in most stores already as far as I know. Who the eff cares? There are more important issues to fight about. And I'm talking about both sides of this debate.

    Posted: July 2, 2011 10:56 PM
  • JOE NATION 2.0

    Hey Adam, you should drink some colt 45 instead of some champagne. Anyway, I think it's the parents job to monitor what kids are playing. The government should not blame games because if that's the case you minus well include books, t.v. shows and movies that are not suitable for children. Parents, it's time for you to start acting like real parents and take some responsibility by putting your foot down and saying "NO" to games that aren't siutable for kids. As for me, I'm playing some MORTAL KOMBAT when I get home. LATER PEOPLES!!!

    Posted: July 2, 2011 10:14 AM
  • MxxPwr

    Ah, Achilles, one of the first teabaggers.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 5:26 PM
  • GrimGalore

    And what in the name of all that is good do I have to do to get my avatar pic to show next to my name when I post something?? I've edited that sucker so many times...

    Posted: June 28, 2011 5:26 PM

    Sometimes I wonder what would happen if there was a ban on M rated games in the US. Never mind... that's to scary to think about!

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:33 PM

    This topic reminds me a lot of the gun control thing. On one side people say gun are bad, guns kill, ect... and other people say that it infringes on the second amendment and then people are like "Wow..what do you know. There it is, the right to bear arms". ANYWAYS...good talk Mr. Sessler...good talk.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:30 PM
  • IrishSailor78

    Couldn't agree with you more Adam. The funny thing is, their is a professor at the University of Texas (Arlington) who is conducting a study on the effects of violent games (and games in general) on kids. His preliminary results showed that crime did not go up, but it actually went down. In fact, video games have had a greater positive impact on crime rates than organized sports. Here's the link to the local news coverage. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/0 5/18/uta-prof-video-games-lead ing-to-lower-crime-rates/

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:30 PM
  • GrimGalore

    There is NO equivalency between classic works of literature and modern day video games. In literature, the content is static, you are reading another man's, or woman's, thoughts. The level of realism is dependent on the level of imagination of the reader.
    Video games are the exact opposite. They are dynamic. The exchange is two way. The player gives input to world, environment, what have you, and is given stimulus in return. The game DEFINES the level of realism.
    They do share similarities in that they are products designed to provide people with some leisure activity. But to say that one deserves the same protections under law simply because the other gets it is ABSURD.
    Reading a book about someone who was murdered is a completely different experience that playing a game where YOU are the one taking part in the murder.
    It's Apples and Oranges.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:25 PM
  • Kacaru

    It was Achilles who dragged Hector's body around Troy, btw.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:01 PM
  • Catfish27

    Thank god there weren't distracting images flying around in the background during this one. I could actually hear was Sessler was saying for once.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 1:21 PM
  • pikachiismexican

    i think the gov. of california needs to worry about more important things like "why are people with EBT cards trying to use them on video games"? and why dont they drug test welfare applicants each month? as im currently employeed at a game retailer, i see alot of things. 9 out of 10 parents dont care if a game their child wants is rated M. they just want to get in and out of the store asap. at least the part of town i work in. i suppose it could be different in a more conservative area, but none the less most parents who show the slightest disagreement with M rated content still get the game anyways because most claim " well my child can see all that on tv anyways so why not". which is true, who says shows like true blood can prosper but games cannot. eh..no offense to anyone who likes that show, it was just an example of gore and violence.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 1:03 PM
  • Fan_Mail

    Very good day for game lovers! But, I've got to wonder how games such as farmville or words with friends would have been affected if the opposite decision would have been made... Just a thought.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 12:50 PM
  • Malapropism

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooo,
    not selling M rated games to children is a horrible thing, free speech for everyone!

    Posted: June 28, 2011 9:34 AM
  • rikkuster

    Sessler, such a classy man. :3

    Posted: June 28, 2011 9:06 AM
  • abrandy

    I agree with letting your child get to know the real world by experience. The games that kids are playing are violent but adults play them to. So if the worry is about the kids taking the games seriously then we should worry about the adults who are unstable. Why blame the games. If thats the case then we should all blame the movies as well. Put a stop to maken movies as well as games. I mean really. Kids can watch those violent movies on the internet as well as on dvd. Just stop worrying about this so much and start worrying about more important things, like teen drinking and driving, or doing drugs , or am i going to be a grandparent before my child graduates high school. Worry about things that we can control and not so much about the stupid stuff. And ya trying to get a kid to read is like trying to pull teeth with out pain relievers. Its hard and painful. We as humans can not control everything , even if we think we can. Thats what got us in the mess we are in today. Stop trying to control everything and start trying to fix the mistakes we made in the past.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 8:43 AM
  • ConanTheGamer

    It must be a cold day in hell. Sessler & Scalia agree on something. It must be a sign of the apocalypse.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 8:05 AM
  • kevin731

    Why was this such a good thing? The ban stopped children from buying M-rated games. Parents should be the ones buying these games for their children if they feel it is a game their children should have. This decision opens the door for children to buy all mature rated media stuff.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 7:46 AM
  • cardinalsfan1122

    Tell parents to actually be parents! It's their job to monitor what their kids play. Thats it tell them all to be parents, its not the governments job to parent your children.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 7:31 AM
  • Tman88

    Retailers already have had store policies intact that prohibited the sales of mature games to under age people, and those stores do a good job with their policies. At the end of the day, it's up to the parents to what their kids play or don't play and if the actually do their job then their kids won't be accessing violent material to start with. That being said, I completely agree with the ruling because as Adam mentioned, like movies, books, and art, video games are a form of expression and speech which both are protected under the First Amendment. If parents opened their eyes once in awhile, they would realize that there are much more violent things out there than video games.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 7:09 AM