[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/26/art.videogames.09.gi.jpg caption="The Supreme Court will decide whether states can put some video games off-limits to children."]Washington (CNN) - A free speech dispute over a California law banning sale of violent video games to children will go to the Supreme Court for review.
The justices Monday accepted the state's appeal and will decide whether the law is too restrictive in denying access by minors to often-graphic material. Video-game makers say the ban goes too far. They say the existing nationwide, industry-imposed, voluntary ratings system is an adequate screen for parents to judge the appropriateness of computer games.
The state says it has a legal obligation to protect children when the industry has failed to do so.
At issue is how far constitutional protections of free speech and expression, as well as due process, can be applied to youngsters. Critics of the law say the government would in effect be engaged in the censorship business, using "community standards" to evaluate artistic and commercial content.