No one knows exactly when the United States Supreme Court will issue a ruling on Schwarzenegger vs. Entertainment Merchants Association, the first case on game censorship to reach the highest court in the U.S., but everyone is talking, and the talk is… Monday. A favorable ruling on this case will indicate – nationally – that punishing retailers for selling age-inappropriate games to minors is illegal. In English, a favorable ruling will mean that Best Buy is not expected to substitute for parents in the United States.
An unfavorable ruling will mean that states can punish retailers – with fines and prison time – for mistakenly selling Teen and Mature-rated games to minors. This would be in spite of the fact that no other entertainment medium, not movies, not TV, not books, not nothing, carry similar penalties. So keep your fingers crossed that our Justices of the Supreme Court have read the U.S. Constitution recently. Given some of their recent rulings (Women as a group can’t sue Wal-Mart for flagrant sex discrimination, fr’example), I have my worries. Keep your fingers, tentacles, and toes crossed.