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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  • jmellis

    In my opinion video game purchases should be monitored more than it is, but not by the stores, by the parents. Personally, I believe that any video game can be played by anyone as long as they have the correct state of mind. I mean if you give someone that is mentally unstable a video game that has violence in it, of course he or she will go crazy and flip out, but if you give another person of the same age, but has a stable mind, they can handle that because they realize right from wrong. I view violent video games as a sort of venting place where I can vent my anger thru them, not the other way around. Video game creators sometimes take months, years, and sometimes even decades thinking up game ideas and concepts, some far longer than that even, I'm willing to bet. The point is, video game creating is an art form and the gaming industry shouldn't be punished for producing violent games or selling them to minors, because it isn't their fault, bad parenting is to blame for allowing kids to play those games...

    Oh and my parents always thought they were one of those bad parents because they think they let video games raise me, but they didn't, they allowed one of the stable minded people to play video games that I enjoyed playing. Thank you for reading, if you do, and have a great day...hooray for the video game industry :)

    Posted: June 28, 2011 5:40 AM
  • Dehnyen

    Most of you have already said everything I would want to say. This is a good day for the gaming industry.

    Very happy.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 4:25 AM
  • GriminyCricket

    It's the parents fault for allowing their kids to have mature rated games when they are not ready to understand them. It's just like the movies when I see stupid parents bring a 3 year old to a rated r movie and the kid starts repeating curse words or crying over the violence and the parents just appear dumbfounded as to why the kid is reacting that way. Parents raise kids not game companies.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 2:02 AM
  • r8mli

    Not to nitpick but....Hector's body was dragged around by Achilles.

    Posted: June 28, 2011 1:05 AM
  • xexplosiveegg

    ... I've always viewed game in such a high manner as art. The fact that the government does too, baffles me.

    America did something right... for once...

    Though I believe if it did get declined, their would have been enough protests and outrage, about how its another way to express entertainment, that it would have always made it too this point... but that wouldve been if 'people that matter' would have looked at it logically.

    ... and how often does logic provail in America?...

    Posted: June 28, 2011 12:35 AM
  • Atavax

    i gotta agree with Justice Thomas's remarks. To say that because speech is protected we have the right to tell that speech to kids without parental consent is absurd. To say they do is to say that people have the right to tell 2 year olds that Jews are evil without even the consent of the 2 year old's parents.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 11:07 PM
  • Luck702

    I don't understand Adam's reasoning behind why hes against the bill. He says that stores are morally correct in not selling M rated games to minors, but isn't that the whole point of this bill? I seriously doubt companies would stop making a game because of a law like this. Kids couldn't buy something like Call of Duty regardless of this law being or not being in effect.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 9:09 PM
  • OcelotFox

    Adam, I think you are rightfully disturbed by Justice Thomas's dissent. The idea that children do not have a right to the freedom of speech is inherently disturbing, and his assertion that parents can have absolute control over the information that their children are exposed to is pretty draconian. Justice Scalia pointed out the "slippery slope" argument against the position in one of his footnotes, and it serves as a good example of why such a view is so dangerous.

    This is not the first odd dissent Thomas has written (and is likely not the last), so I just tend to ignore them as a matter of course (and as the least important of dicta) and move on with my life. Seriously, who cites their own opinions from other cases three times in the opening paragraph of an argument?

    Posted: June 27, 2011 8:56 PM
  • kapassikey

    as the bearded judge from pheonix wright once said... "NOT GUILTY" yay!

    Posted: June 27, 2011 8:12 PM
  • SilverJC

    F* Yeah!!!!!!

    Posted: June 27, 2011 8:02 PM
  • BryanHelp

    Good thing I don't play 360 games online... the kid trolls continue.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 7:40 PM
  • Thogin

    I saw this and I went woo and I am not even in America anymore... because I understand the logic behind censorship and banning and punishment same with what Adam said....

    because I am in China,

    Now I am going to play the witcher, kill some people/monster and have sex with working girl

    Posted: June 27, 2011 7:04 PM
  • CareyGrant

    Yeah for us, but... is anyone honestly surprised by this?

    The multi-billion dollar gaming industry is bigger than movies and music, there was no was they'd rule against them--money talks, just look at the farce of a ruling they gave in favor of Walmart for sex/race discrimination (which they totally do).

    Again, hoorah for us, but I never doubted -knowing how the court is stacked and the money/influence involved- they'd side with the gaming industry.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 6:42 PM
  • Ohface

    Small Government. That's how Conservatives role.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 6:40 PM
  • ctwinchester

    Gamers Win...LEGALITY!!!

    Posted: June 27, 2011 6:15 PM
  • g4fan247

    This Supreme Court decision is a great victory for us gamers.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 5:47 PM
  • Abominable_Pirate

    I personally had no problem with the California law. All it did was keep minors from M rated games without their parents' consent. I don't think the gaming industry would've been affected as much as Adam suggest. Anyway, the Supreme Court made its decision and games are protected under the first amendment.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 5:44 PM
  • JoshuaCorning

    Video games are art!!!

    Also Adam being a lover of the bill of rights I wonder what he feels about the 2nd amendment.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 5:25 PM
  • runewood

    Vindication feels good.

    Posted: June 27, 2011 5:10 PM
  • theantigzus

    umm was the book and the video game talking about condoms?

    Posted: June 27, 2011 4:59 PM