It was “kind of hilarious” when Supreme Court Justices tried video games

elenakagan

By on August 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

Today’s totally adorable bit of games industry gossip comes via US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, speaking at an event in Providence, Rhode Island last week. The 53 year old is the youngest Justice, and seems to be the most tech-savvy of the lot, dobbing in her colleagues for using paper memos instead of email and relying on their younger aides to explain technology to them.

Before you chuck a wobbly about how these out-of-touch dodderers should not be making decisions that affect the lives of millions, Kagan said that the Justices also do their best to learn about things themselves, so when the Supreme Court was asked to rule on the subject of whether video games should be protected under the US’s free speech laws, they rolled up their sleeves and played some before making a decision.

“It was kind of hilarious,” Kagan said, which if you’ve ever tried to teach a non-gamer to use twin sticks or even basic WASD-and-mouse, you’ll appreciate.

Kagan didn’t say which games the Justices tried, only that they were violent. The Justices willingness to investigate the matter personally bore fruit, from the games industry’s perspective; in 2011, SCOTUS ruled that an act blocking the sale of games to minors was unconstitutional.

Source: Associated Press via VG247

8 comments (Leave your own)

That’s generally why we play games, because its pretty funny when it goes badly!
But hey, good to hear some non gamers are getting to try them out before they go ahead and ban them, wish it happened more often; Actually trying out what you’re making laws against.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

So that was who I was playing L4D2 with the other day??

 

They’re one up on the OFLC if they played material rather than just watching excerpts.

 
MuscularTeeth

good on em!

 

Would have been a good laugh to see them have a game of Counter-Strike :D

 

RSOblivion:
Would have been a good laugh to see them have a game of Counter-Strike :D

Like watching 6 year olds play football.

 

Video of this would be even better than Conan O’Brien’s bit.

 

Now we sit back and wait for the supreme court justices to go on a killing spree, after all that is what happens after playing video games isn’t it?

 
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