Games don't seem that violent when you're staring at the sky or ground 95% of the time.
By Alice Lynton 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.