U.S. News & World Report wants to know what America thinks about video game censorship.

As a gamer, take a moment and tell them what you think. Please vote carefully, the question is pretty badly worded as "Should Kids NOT Be Sold Violent Video Games?" Take the online poll, and leave a comment if you have time.

U.S. News & World Report is covering this issue because the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about California's new law banning the sale of certain video games to minors.

Momentum is already growing against the California law. Just recently, the New York Times published an editorial opposing the law and arguing that games are protected by the First Amendment. Do you agree?

Speak out now by taking the U.S. News & World Report survey, and if you have a moment, leave a comment too.

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I don't really have anything against the rating system currently in place, and I think retailers should abide by those ratings just like we do with movies, pornography, cigarettes and alcohol. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say no one under a certain age should be allowed to play games like GTA or Eternal Death Slayer 3, as that's the parent's choice to make. As far as the government's involvement, well that's where the rating system is enforced, and retailers could/should be fined when selling certain games or movies to minors.

I don't think violent games cause or encourage anyone to be violent (Is Tetris a violent game..? because I only ever get violent when I play Tetris), but every time someone mentions Jack Thompson and his stance on violent video games, I always think of that raver joke: "If Pac-Man did affect kids, then we'd all be running around dark rooms, swallowing pills and dancing to repetitive music."
I agree, there has been decades of violence going on and there were no video games. It might be getting worse but it has nothing to do with it. If they're going to be violent they'll do it even if never seen any video games. It's just something else that parents and others are trying to blame for kids being violent.
Short answer: Only by a child's parent.

Little angers me more than these false charges against video games. Seriously, if your ten-year-old can not tell the difference between a video game and real life then you're not raising a future scientist, that is for sure.
Or more to the heart of the matter, if your ten-year-old can not tell the difference between a video game and real life then you're not doing your job as a parent.
Chances are you might be a red neck.
Not just that, but there are a few parents doing their jobs as best they can with children who have mental problems and cannot tell the difference. Those parents need to be aware of the child's limitations, and keep games out of their hands. (I would suppose that comment loops back to the "not doing their job" statement you made)
I'd have to agree.
For me, the issue hinges on whether or not video games actually promote real violence. I don't think the parent's rights argument makes much sense - for example, I don't think that parents should be allowed to treat their child's pneumonia through prayer instead of modern medicine. That's abuse because there's clear evidence that one works and the other does not.

On the other hand, if there's no evidence of harm, then I'm frankly not too concerned about whether or not a child does it with or without a parent's permission. That's between the parent and the child, not the retailer or the government.

To get to the crux of the issue, video games haven't been shown to make people any more violent than they already are - and there's correlative evidence that in the long run it may actually lower violence a little.
Hell no there shouldn't be a restriction. It's all up to the parents. And what's with this attitude that some people have that video games cause violence? It really doesn't. There are too many good reasons to list and I'm lazy so I'll just say watch Penn and Teller Bullshit. Good show. They have an episode on video games.

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