SAN JOSE, Calif. – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vowed to appeal Monday a federal judge's ruling that a new state law banning the sale of violent video games to children is unconstitutional.
Schwarzenegger, who signed the law in 2005, said many of the games are made for adults, and choosing games that are appropriate for kids should be a decision made by their parents.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte echoes a recent string of rulings in other states where similar laws were struck down after challenges by video game industry groups.
The law had been on hold since the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association sued California officials. The industry asked that it be overturned on the grounds that such games are protected forms of expression under the First Amendment.