Court hears arguments on violent video games

AP News

11/2/2010 3:02:08 AM - AP News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has expressed sympathy for a California law that aims to keep children away from ultra-violent video games, but several justices said the law faces a high constitutional hurdle.The high court heard arguments Tuesday over a California ban that would make it illegal for retailers to sell or rent violent video games to anyone under 18. Parents would be able to buy the games and give them to their children, but retailers who sell directly to minors would face fines of up to $1,000 for each game sold.Several justices noted that entertainment forms like comic books, movies, rap music and even children's fairy tales can also be violent but are not regulated by the state.But other justices seemed to dislike the notion that state officials should be powerless to keep children from buying a "deviant, violent" video game.