Court strikes down California video game law

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    Court strikes down California video game law - Games - msnbc.com

    A commendable ruling. The long arm of the state has traditionally had too much part in illegally and unjustly violating the constitutional rights of youth.
     
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    What is the difference between 'illegally' and 'unjustly' ?
     
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    yet they can not attend an r rated movie.....have a drink....but they can get an abortion and rent a video game......
     
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    The former refers to the formal law, while the latter refers to an ethical standard.

    There's no legal restriction on minors attending R-rated movies; that's simply a restriction put in place by the MPAA and voluntarily adopted by theater chains. I've long advocated a boycott of theater chains until they voluntarily abandon that ratings system, as was practiced by students in Mexico when they were forbidden from seeing Y Tu Mama Tambien. There is also no legal restriction on persons under 21 drinking alcohol in the majority of American states. The "drinking age" of 21 is actually a purchase age of 21, and there are only seven states that explicitly prohibit the consumption of alcohol by the underage, though many others also criminalize "possession" and thus charge underage drinkers with "internal possession."

    But that's irrelevant, since your juxtaposition of those issues is an instance of begging the question in assuming that others agree with the other restrictions also. I, for one, do not, and there are at least two other people on this board who are likely in full agreement with me. (Amanda and LiveUninhibited.)
     
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    So does this mean an 11yr could go to game stop with an older teen friend and buy "t" or 'MA' games? I don't see the ban of selling violent games to minors as unconstitutional, or infringing at all. It's not like in 3 yrs these kids can get them freely.
     
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    Really? On what basis is such a law not unconstitutional? And really, what ethical basis is there for such a law? What causative link has been proven between youth exposure to "unsavory" media elements and various forms of delinquency?
     
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    Aside from the constitutional implications and disputes, don't you think it is shameful for people to want to abdicate their responsibility as parents by calling for a law to prevent their children from purchasing certain video games? How about spending some time with your kids, or even glancing at the screen they're playing their games on? How about a quick google search on the title of any games they buy or want to buy? If you're too busy to do any of this, then a violent video game is probably the least of your child's problems.
     

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