Why Do Dentists Keep Playing Video Games?
On Monday, the US Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that video games were constitutionally protected as a form of entertainment.
The court’s opinion, which has been hailed by the entertainment industry as a victory for the gaming industry, also found that video game use of speech in its own right does not violate the First Amendment.
“The Court holds that video gaming can be a ‘pure’ form of expression protected by the First and Fourteenth Amendments,” the court wrote in the decision, which was authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Video games do not create a separate and distinct audience from other forms of speech.”
The ruling was the latest in a string of decisions in which the US has taken a hardline stance on video games, including a 2013 ruling that found that the games are protected under the First, Fourteenth and 15th Amendments.
In a case filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other tech companies in 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that required children to play video games before they could legally be given a gun.