The Supreme Court k-o’d a video game ban California enacted to prevent the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. In a 7-2 vote — Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer dissented — the court found the law violated minors’s rights under the First Amendment, saying that there is no restriction on children’s access to depictions of violence.
So what was the ban trying to protect kids from? Here’s a quick rundown on some of the most violent games and what they offer up to impressionable young minds.
Grand Theft Auto: The “hero” is actually a criminal, with a passion for killing police officers. Hiring prostitutes restores your health. You can chose to drink and drive. Oh, and beating a woman to death with a baseball bat at a strip club? Just another day in the gaming world.
Manhunt: Described as “pornographically violent,” this game has the hero — a mental patient — attempting to escape from an insane asylum. In the dash for the exit, pretty much anything goes — including torture with a pair of pliers and using a sickle to rip open skulls.
Mortal Kombat: The cartoonish red blood may seem like child’s play nowadays, but back in 1992 when the game came out, in a video game world of Super Mario-mushroom squashing, the Mortal Kombat rip-out-the-spinal-cord move was as gory as you could get, perhaps only surpassed by the tearing-out-the-beating-heart-with-your-bare-hands move.
Bioshock: Filled with gruesome surgery scenes, little girls using syringes to attack, and corpses being turned into artwork, the game is chock-full of nightmare-inducing scenery. On top of all that, players can choose to kill those little girls.
These are just some highlights from the gory-world of gaming.