Game Over for Limits on Violent Video Games
30 июля 2013

Game Over for Limits on Violent Video Games

Game Over for Limits on Violent Video Games
This is the VOA Special English Technology Report, from | America's video game industry was the winner in a decision by the United States Supreme Court. In late June the justices rejected a law in California that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to people under eighteen. They said the two thousand five law violated the free speech guarantee in the First Amendment to the Constitution. The vote was seven to two.The court decided that video games are a protected form of creative expression like books, plays and movies. Paul McGreal, dean of the University of Dayton law school in Ohio, says California did not see gaming that way. "The state of California tried to argue that this was not speech, it was more of an activity because children interact and play with the video games, and so it's not traditional speech like a book or like a magazine."California lawmakers argued that violent games were especially harmful to children. But the court said they were no more harmful than the violence in other forms of media. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion. He pointed to the violence in fairy tales like "Snow White" and "Cinderella" and in cartoons. Professor McGreal says the court sees its job as only to decide what is and is not legally protected speech. "We don't want to get the Supreme Court into making fine distinctions about what is better than others, because that will lead us down a slippery slope. Once you start deciding that, what's to stop the government from saying that, for example, Grimm's fairy tales themselves are too violent, or that particular books should be banned?"In fact, from nineteen fifteen to nineteen fifty-two, the Supreme Court permitted censorship of movies for fear they could be "used for evil."Today the film and music industries have voluntary rating systems, and so does the video game industry. For example, extremely violent games are rated "M" for mature. These are meant for ages seventeen and older. Only five percent of the more than sixteen hundred games rated last year were rated M. Still, Abby Halloran, a manager at a Gamestop store in Maryland, says M-rated games like Call of Duty, Halo and Fallout are the most popular games in the store. She says parents have to give their permission for children to buy M-rated games. "But the majority of the time when we tell them what's in it, they don't." For VOA Special English, I'm Mario Ritter.(Adapted from a radio program broadcast 04Jul2011)
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#1 написал: riekeltplays (1 августа 2013 13:19)
14, I don?t play games... i make them... with the intention to let people get? rid of their stress on zombies and enemies ;3
#2 написал: vault34overseer (1 августа 2013 13:19)
I've played Halo 3 and Fallout: New Vegas before, and i'm sixteen. I understand why fallout is rated as m but i don't see the point for halo to be rated as M. And what is wanted say is fallout and some other games actually taught us a lot of thing about humanity unlike those games who teach you how to step on mushroom. I can see the point that teen may not be able? to distinguish these game themselves, but games like fallout are actually reality of humanity. Should we rated the the society as M?
#3 написал: MarksmanOfDeath (1 августа 2013 13:19)
I'm 14 almost every game I have is rated m. I love gore, violence. And when I was 8 I loved to play Spartan total warrior where you? cut off heads arms and other brutal things. It has not affected me in a bad way period
#4 написал: eman3429 (1 августа 2013 13:19)
Ok i'm 15, B+ and higher Honor roll student, in the schools football team, avid, and JROTC pastimes/hobbies i've played ideo games since I was 6 and started playing M rated games at age 10 like Gears Of War and Assasin's creed, Halo, Call of duty , Fall out and ect. over the years and they have not affected me at all. Most of these sayings of M rated games can affect children to be murderers? are most of the time false, the reality is anybody can be a killer without video game influences. .....
#5 написал: Leocomander (1 августа 2013 13:19)
I am 12 and 60% of my games are rated M. I play such like Grand Theft Auto,Call Of Duty,Mortal? kombat and etc.
#6 написал: frogf4ce (1 августа 2013 13:19)
im 14, my parents care about me more than anything and i play all the games and alot more than was listed here and im not some sort of maniac or killer, and about 75% of? the other kids at my school have at one point in time have probably played these games and they are perfectly fine. overprotective people like you are just too sensitive and should not take games this seriously. I have learned a great deal from the internet and these games may have taught me some good lessons too.
#7 написал: JC Apache (1 августа 2013 13:19)
I played call of duty when I was a kid and it absolutely did not affect me. In fact I? found out that social media has led to more violence than video games.
#8 написал: Vonte adams (1 августа 2013 13:19)
They care about their kids its just they? taught their kids better than to take values from a video game
#9 написал: Soulsphere001 (1 августа 2013 13:19)
@mentalRCburnouts Some parents don't care what their kids play. But they probably don't really care about their kids? either.
#10 написал: mentalRCburnouts (1 августа 2013 13:19)
fallout? yeah but i see kids like 6 play cod and halo just saying
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