Movie makers, comic book authors rally around video games as Supreme Court hearing looms

Movie makers, actors, comic book authors, and writers all rallied around the video game industry Friday, urging the Supreme Court to uphold the unconstitutionality of a California law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors.

"The case California makes against video games is one familiar to the comic book industry, which was nearly destroyed by government attempts at regulation in the 1950s," said Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, after filing a "friend of the court" brief with the Supreme Court Friday.

"Then, as now, moral crusaders claimed that popular new media containing depictions of violence were detrimental to our youth," he added. "Then, as now, pseudo-science was used to back such claims. Those claims weren’t true in the 1950s, and they aren’t true now."

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