The passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has had a polarizing influence on the modern world. Whatever your opinion of him may be, if you identify as a gamer you would at least respect his defense of video games.
On June 27th, 2011, Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion ruling against the ban on the sale of violent video games in the state of California to minors. California was essentially trying to treat video games like cigarettes and alcohol. Justice Scalia and the other 6 justices saw the slippery slope for all media and not just video games. The First Amendment doesn’t exist to talk about the weather: it is protect the unpopular opinions. Additionally, Justice Scalia noted the modern compliance of violent deaths of children in classic literature like Hansel and Gretel, or The Lord of the Flies. Later in the opinion Scalia wrote, “This is not to say that minors’ consumption of violent entertainment has never encountered resistance. In the 1800’s, dime novels depicting crime and ‘penny dreadfuls’ (named for their price and content) were blamed in some quarters for juvenile delinquency … When motion pictures came along, they became the villains instead.”
Essentially, Justice Scalia said that juvenile delinquency has always been a thing, and the government can’t just blame whatever media is popular with the youth at the time. Violence in the media has existed as long as the media has. If the government set the precedent that they could determine what books, music, or entertainment is considered “offensive,” the most important stories might never get told. Often, the most important and interesting stories are the ones that are the most uncomfortable to talk about. The worst part isn’t even the loss of those great stories, think about the abuse it is overall to free speech–it leads to censorship, propaganda, and unchecked government power.
I mean, without this landmark decision there is a good chance that we would have never seen a Deadpool movie.