More than six months ago, the United States Supreme Court decided to hear arguments on both sides of Swartzenegger v. EMA. The case is believed to be the greatest legal challenge the industry has faced, with the potential for massive media censorship on the line. If the Court decides in favor of the plaintiff, video games would be federally recognized within the same category as pornography, an entertainment without the strong first amendment rights of movies or music.
Initial impressions seemed to favor the games industry, with Justice Anton Scalia offering a now famous rebuttal to a plaintiff’s testimony. However the lengthy decision period on the case so far, one of the longest of the past year, seems to have cast doubt as to the direction of the proceedings. According to ECA’s Hal Halpin (via Twitter), a final decision is expected this Monday. Keep it tuned to Elder Geek for all the news on what could be a major turning point for video games as we now it.
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