Published: Apr 27, 2010 8:03 PM EDT

The Supreme Court is getting involved in the debate over violent video games.  At issue is a California law which bans the sale of violent video games to  children.  A San Francisco appeals court threw out the law before it took effect, and now the Supreme Court will decide the matter. 
Video game manufacturers say the ban goes too far and violates free speech. 

The law passed in 2005, would tighten  the current rating system on games. It would also ban sales of excessively violent ones, where the player is given the choice of  "killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human  being."   Retailers would face a fine of up to a thousand dollars.
Video game makers say it's an issue of censorship and the rating system is clear enough. 
Oral arguments on the Supreme Court will take place in the Fall.