‘It Was Kind Of Hilarious’: Kagan Says Supreme Court Justices Played Video Games For Research

August 20, 2013 1:31 p.m.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan admitted Tuesday that while she and her colleagues aren’t the most tech savvy people — they still use paper memos, for example — some justices did venture forth and test out material at center of a 2010 case concerning California’s ban on the sale of violent video games to minors.

From the Associated Press:

Kagan said the justices often turn to their clerks, who are much younger, to help them understand new technologies.

But they also try to learn on their own. In one case, involving violent video games the first year she was on the court, justices who had never played the games before dove in and gave them a try, Kagan said.

“It was kind of hilarious,” she said.

She didn’t say which games they played.

According to a 2011 CNN report, the video game industry sent the justices several PlayStation games to review as part of its appeal to the ban, including “Medal of Honor” and “Resident Evil 4.” The Court later struck the ban down in a 7-2 ruling.

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