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Supreme Court Shuts Down California Violent Video Game Bill

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The California law would have imposed $1,000 fines on stores that sold violent video games to people under 18. It defined violent games as those “in which the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” in a way that was “patently offensive,” appeals to minors’ “deviant or morbid interests” and lacked “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”

Rightly, the justices recognize that the government isn’t built to determine what is of “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.” This is an issue that will, apparently, never go away.

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