Supreme Court Video Game Decision Gets Animated
Okay, let’s just say that Next Media Animation is a treasure of the interwebs.
The Taiwanese animation company’s timely video enactments of America’s top news have become staples of YouTube. The breadth of what they choose to cover is impressive. Just today they animated the New York gay marriage bill, Obama’s YouTube channel, and Lady Gaga news.
And then there’s this, which I can only describe as transcendent.
NMA has decided to give their interpretation of yesterday’s landmark Supreme Court decision about the sale of violent video games to minors. In that decision, the SCOTUS ruled a California state law prohibiting the sale of mature games to children unconstitutional.
Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia ruled that the state law does not fall into line with the first amendment and that video games, like books and films, deserve freedom of speech protection. Not only is this a win for the video game industry, but also a win for first amendment advocates everywhere. Opponents of the SCOTUS ruling say that the games are obscene and the government should be allowed to regulate their distribution.
NMA’s take on the whole thing is worth watching for its use of the violence motif even during the Supreme Court hearing sequences. Add an American flag, some kids and Grand Theft Auto and this becomes gold.
They are also able to point out the strange disconnect that we, in America, have about sex and violence in a 60 second clip. One is okay, while the other is highly restricted. Swell commentary, NMA. Swell.
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