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Monday, June 05, 2006

Time Well Spent

I came across something interesting this weekend according to CNET news there are at least 7 bills before the Senate and House in the US. Now I have to say that I am not American nor do I live in the US but I do pay attention to US politics especially where video games are concerned.

see the list here

There are two bills in particular that I have a problem with. Bill S.2126 sponsored by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) NY and bill HR5345 sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson (D) Utah both are still in committee and both would bar the sale of "mature" video games to minors. What's wrong with that you ask? Every other media industry has been allowed to self regulate without government intervention. Movies, newspapers, comic books all allowed to self regulate.

You can't just let the video game industry run around doing what they want selling their evil product to kids. If only there was some sort of ELECTRONIC SOFTWARE RATINGS system so that parents could see a lable on the packaging warning them that a title might not be suitable for a younger audience. Better yet this ratings system could be run by a BOARD of some kind.

The rest of the Bills are trying to launch investigations and studies into the impact of video games on young minds or how bad GTA: San Andreas is. Didn't GTA:SA come out like 2 years ago? Now that's quick work.


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