Usually Video Game Players Are More Careful About Teammates

You don’t want your raid to fuck up by relying on lousy players, do you?

Then you might want to think very carefully about greedily signing on with the current star chamber. General note: when Antonin Scalia is on your side, question less your opponents and more why it is you are on that side.

Supreme Court sees video games as art

Maybe it helps for the nation’s highest court to say it, too?

Video games are art, and they deserve the exact same First Amendment protections as books, comics, plays and all the rest, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling about the sale of violent video games in California.

California had tried to argue that video games are inherently different from these other mediums because they are “interactive.” So if a kid has to pick up a controller and hit the B button — over and over again until he starts to get thumb arthritis — to kill a person in a video game, that’s different from reading about a similar murder, the state said.

The high court didn’t buy that argument, however.

Interactive stories are “nothing new,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority opinion (PDF). “Since at least the publication of ‘The Adventures of You: Sugarcane Island’ in 1969, young readers of choose-your-own-adventure stories have been able to make decisions that determine the plot by following instructions about which page to turn to.”

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