Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Fragging Now Sanctioned by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court

In today's big video game news, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court took a BFG to a St. Louis County ordinance that outlawed the sale and/or rental of totally awesome (read: violent and/or sexual) video games to those unlucky enough to be under the age of 17. The court found that such a law violated the First Amendment. At first glance, this seems all fine and good, but the ruling isn't quite as far-reaching as you would think:

"The industry challenged provisions regarding violence but not sex, so the judges dealt with just that issue. The appeals court did not specifically overturn Limbaugh's ruling but remanded it to the trial court with directions to issue an injunction against the law that conforms to the panel's reasoning."

Read the article. It's good for you. Then get back to shotgunning, sniping, spawn killing, flamethrowing, or whatever type of digital mayhem you prefer. Next time your girlfriend complains you've been playing too many violent video games just say "Hey, it's my First Amendment right!" As Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold wrote in the court's opinion: "These gibs are, in fact, ludicrous."