One wouldn’t guess that a video game conference would draw a retired Supreme Court justice as a speaker.
But yesterday Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at the Games For Change conference in New York, where she unveiled a new digital game that teaches youngsters about how courts work.
She said she helped develop the video game project called “Our Courts” in an effort to educate children about the nation’s judicial system at a time when it is coming increasingly under attack by critics.
“In recent years I’ve become increasingly concerned about vitriolic attacks by some members of Congress, some members of state legislatures and various private interest groups … on judges,” O’Connor said, according to the Reuters report. “We hear a great deal about judges who are activists — godless, secular, humanists trying to impose their will on the rest of us. Now I always thought an activist judge was one who got up in the morning and went to work.”
The game will work as a virtual civics program, she said.
Does O’Connor’s participation at the conference mean she’s a secret video game lover, spending her free time playing Grant Theft Auto and Zelda? Um, no.
“I don’t play videogames,” she said. “Sorry.”