Legally Speaking: Should violent video games be restricted? | We The Internet TV

Legally Speaking: Should violent video games be restricted? | We The Internet TV


(music) [LOU] So you would think that if a minor
wanted to buy a violent video game, that they would need to get their
parents’ permission to do so, but the court ruled that requiring
parental consent violated First Amendment rights. [BARRY] The California legislature
and other state legislatures said that we ought to put some
reasonable limits on this. And so they imposed
a very modest limit. Which was they basically
just said to these stores, “Look, before you can sell an M-rated video game to a minor, you’ve got to get
the parents’ consent.” It wasn’t the minors that
challenged that law, saying, “Oh, you’re denying
me M-rated games!” Guess who it was? It was the video game industry
that challenged it and said, “Look, this violates our free speech rights to sell to minors without having their parents
interfere with us.” And surprisingly,
in essentially a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court agreed
with the video game makers. And Justice Breyer dissented,
and he said, “Look, are you kidding me? This is a modest burden
on the video game makers’ ability to sell games to minors,
it just requires getting
parental consent.” That was one of Justice Breyer’s
points in his dissent, was, “How does it make sense
where minors can have access to all this kind of gory violence,
including rape scenes, playing video games
with rape scenes, but yet laws that say that you can’t show a minor just a nude person.” [LOU] Are there other products
where minors need to get parental
consent in order to buy them? Because I guess if you had a
12-year-old kid who wants to smoke, I don’t think, as a parent,
you’re allowed to be like, “Oh, he’s allowed to smoke.
You can sell him cigarettes.” Right? [BARRY] Yeah, no, I don’t think so. [LOU] And that’s one 12-year-old kid who isn’t going to be cool. (music) Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed our video. If you have any questions about the First Amendment or free speech in general, let us know in the comments. And be sure to subscribe to our channel, and make sure to click the little bell icon so you get notified any time we release a new video.


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  1. The guy at my GameStop is such a scrub he still asks for my ID when buying games because I have such a youthful face. It's kind a ridiculous that nobody gives a second glance when I buy vape or explicit music or hell even a questionable magazine. But video games? Oh no! Must make sure little Johnny is old enough to play a M rated game! People who want censorship and control over others' choices are the ones that should be restricted from buying product and then thrown into a cell. I almost can't wait for the moment we hear somebody on the news take a game with at least the sincerity they give to these politically correct garbage movies Hollywood makes these days…

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