California's law banning violent video game sales or rentals to minors would have been one of the first of its kind in the nation if it had gone into effect in 2006 as the state had planned. Instead, it was blocked by a federal judge and began weaving its way through the court system before the Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether the law is constitutional.
In October 2005, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into a law a bill stating that "[a] person may not sell or rent a video game that has been labeled as a violent video game to a minor." It considers several factors in determining whether a game is "violent."