The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a proposed California law that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors.
In a 7-2 ruling, both liberal and conservative justices agreed that the video games qualify for First Amendment protections.
"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)," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the court's majority opinion (PDF).
Violent video games for children are valuable to the right-wing agenda. They want those kids in the right frame of mind when they reach military age and want to kill for real in The Endless War For Profit.
SCOTUS may revisit this when some game company comes out with a first-person shooter graphically and gleefully depicting the killing of wingnuts and Supreme Court Justices.