Supreme Court played games before making landmark decision

Justice Elena Kagan says "it was kind of hilarious" when not-so-technologically savvy high court played games before decision.


The United States Supreme Court actually played games before making its historic decision in summer 2011 that ruled games are protected free speech under the First Amendment.

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Justice Elena Kagan revealed the news this week during an appearance in Providence, Rhode Island attended by the Associated Press.

Kagan said her colleagues on the bench are "not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people" and will often send paper messages to each other instead of emails.

When the Supreme Court played games, then, Kagan recalled that "it was kind of hilarious."

Kagan did not say which games the Supreme Court played prior to its high-profile June 2011 Brown vs. EMA ruling. CNN reports that the court was sent copies of Resident Evil 4 and the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot.

Following the ruling, Kagan acknowledged that she "sweated" the decision "mightily."

Under the law, which never took effect, retailers that sold such games would be subject to a $1,000 fine. The bill would also have required "violent" video games to bear a two-inch-by-two-inch sticker with a "solid white '18' outlined in black" on their front covers.

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