• Shaun Blakemore Stevenson

Safe Harbor for Games

Another matter in March, Trump started going after games. This article mentions his reasoning and why (specifically) it won't work because of the supreme court and first amendment.

https://www.polygon.com/2018/3/2/17070690/donald-trump-video-game-gun-violence

A quote from a voice clip of Trump, found int he article: “I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts,” Trump said. “And you go one further step and that’s the movies. [...] Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.”

At least he admits that, if there is a correlation, the film industry would be just as implicated as the game industry in causing violence in youths.

Some of the best quotes cite the Supreme Court's own words:

"The Supreme Court held in Brown v. EMA, in a 7-2 decision penned by Justice Antonin Scalia, that video games are entitled to First Amendment protection. Specifically, the Supreme Court found that “a legislature cannot create new categories of unprotected speech simply by weighing the value of a particular category against its social costs and then punishing it if it fails the test." "[t]his country has no tradition of specially restricting children’s access to depictions of violence.” Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 564 U.S. 786 (2011) (in summary)."

The Court has no intention of restricting games for any of their content, especially violence. So why do members of congress and the President continue to try and wage this battle against game regardless?

Time, I think they're buying time. There's no way Trump would be dumb enough to think these measures would work against games in America. Perhaps they are stalling and giving the appearance of working on one thing, while working on another. Moving, towards some unseen goal. It's possible. It's also sadly possible that they just don't care if they don't work and want to try anyways in case they find a way they can work. Who knows, but regardless, games seem to remain safe for now.


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