Elly A. Konijn

Violent Video Games and the Supreme Court's Ruling—Do Maturity Ratings Work?
June 27, 2011

The Supreme Court struck down a California law today that banned the sale of the most violent video games to children. The law would have strengthened the rating system and prevented minors from purchasing any video game involving “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being.” Games that violated this standard would have to bear an “18” label. The Court ruled that the current rating system was sufficient, and parents are free to deny their children violent video games. But is the current system a useful deterrent?  Not exactly.