Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia passed away February 13th of this month. He was commended, by the Entertainment Software Association after his defence during 2011’s Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association
In a statement acknowledging Scalia’s passing, the ESA said this:
“The Entertainment Software Association joins those who salute the service and mourn the loss of Justice Scalia. In 2011, when our industry defended the rights of creators and consumers of video games before the U.S. Supreme Court, it was Justice Scalia who authored the historic majority opinion. He declared, with no ambiguity, that video games, like books, movies and other forms of expression, are deserving of First Amendment protections. It was a momentous day for our industry and those who love the entertainment we create and we are indebted to Justice Scalia for so eloquently defending the rights of creators and consumer everywhere.”
The ESA made no comment concerning Scalia’s ironic opposite view for other non-computer generated human rights such as women’s health and marriage equality. However, Scalia’s fight for playable fictional characters did stand in his statement during Brown v. ESA, where he said that “reading Dante is unquestionably more cultured and intellectually edifying than playing Mortal Kombat, but these cultural and intellectual differences are not constitutional ones.” He simply meant that if the violent video games this movement was working to crack down on was made easily accessible, then so should the violent books, TV shows, and movies that children could also easily acquire underage.
So thankfully, the rights of Lara Croft, Trevor Phillips, and Dante (from the game, not the inferno) were justly under Scalia’s defense. President Obama is currently in search of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Scalia. And in the words of Gameplanet, “presumably, one who will defend actual human beings as well as those made of polygons.”
Antonin Scalia passed away of natural causes at the age of 79 at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, U.S.