US Supreme Court strikes down law against violent games

The big game news of the day (in the US) is that the supreme court has ruled against the state of California’s attempt at restricting violent video games.

The ruling is surprisingly clear, well-written and sensible:

“California correctly acknowledges that video games qualify for First Amendment protection. The Free Speech Clause exists principally to protect discourse on public matters, but we have long recognized that it is difficult to distinguish politics from entertainment, and dangerous to try. “Everyone is familiar with instances of propaganda through fiction. What is one man’s amusement, teaches another’s doctrine.” Winters v. New York, 333 U. S. 507, 510 (1948). Like the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas—and even social messages—through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot, and music) and through features distinctive to the medium (such as the player’s interaction with the virtual world). That suffices to confer First Amendment protection.”

And there it is. A court ruling stating that video games communicate ideas.

More write-ups here, here, here.