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Originally Posted by t4ct1c47 View Post
When I say "US", I'm not refering to a handful of the composite states. Game Stop only refuse to sell certain M rated games to minors as a matter of company policy, rather than law, in an effort to appear family friendly to the middle class families of America. I've always assumed that it was against the US constitution to censor any form of mainstream media.

I have to apologise as I misread the article. It appears that the bill wants to legislate parental control features on games consoles which is harmless enough. Needless to say my earlier comment about outright banning sales of violent games to minors still stands. I'm just sick of hearing about whineing parents complaining about video games being inappropriate. They are the ones that fund the games so it would shift the blame right onto them.

Michigan tried to make i illegal to sell M games to minors but in the end it was thrown out for being "unconstitutional"

http://kotaku.com/gaming/law/michiga...nal-164951.php
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So they charge tax on online sales, then they do this...

New York is up to something.
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I don't exactly see a point in this bill so it MUST mean that I shouldn't really care if it's passed or not, nor should it have any negative effects.
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Originally Posted by t4ct1c47 View Post
When I say "US", I'm not refering to a handful of the composite states. Game Stop only refuse to sell certain M rated games to minors as a matter of company policy, rather than law, in an effort to appear family friendly to the middle class families of America. I've always assumed that it was against the US constitution to censor any form of mainstream media.

I have to apologise as I misread the article. It appears that the bill wants to legislate parental control features on games consoles which is harmless enough. Needless to say my earlier comment about outright banning sales of violent games to minors still stands. I'm just sick of hearing about whineing parents complaining about video games being inappropriate. They are the ones that fund the games so it would shift the blame right onto them.
Right on...When I asked they said it was the law, my bad. I do agree with shifting the blame. But sadly this will not happen. Look at the whole steroid thing in MLB. I saw a case where they were blaming MLB Players for the death of teenagers using steroids. Imagine that? Not taking the blame for not parenting you children.
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What possible problem could you have with this bill?
It's unconstitutional, not to mention asinine. Either should be enough for it to be struck down.

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I don't exactly see a point in this bill so it MUST mean that I shouldn't really care if it's passed or not, nor should it have any negative effects.
The governmental shaft of precident sticking ever futher up our backsides is a negative effect, in my opinion. Anything that expands governmental power, errodes my freedoms, one way or the other.

Even though this law will have little direct effect on me, the indirect effects are numerous. There will be a cost overhead and time lag while games are officially rated. Games that are not rated would not legally be allowed to be sold, anywhere. I do not want the government having that kind of control over individuals or businesses. I do not want a precident that it is ok for a state or federal government to dictate and legally enforce/impose it's idea of morals.

The FCC is too much already, we don't need more of the same.
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post #16 of 18
So basically every one here is agreeing that video games make kids kill each other...interesting.

Personally I blame the evening news. At least a video game will show some of the grewsome details. The evening news will talk about a school shooting, but they won't say "...and when little Jimmy was shot in the head his nasal cavity and sinuses imploded causing a horrible torrent of blood to errupt out his eyes, nose, and mouth."

...at least a video game will pass along how horrible of an experience killing some one is.
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If they were to create a "advisory committee" I do believe that no one over 35 or something could be allowed on it. The problem with digital media related legislation is the those who create it are dreadfully out of touch with the people it will actually affect.

The only problem with the game ratings and distribution is that parents do squat. They don't understand anything about the games they buy their children and then blame someone else for their kids having inappropriate content on their games.
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If they put through legislation that requires governmental ratings for games, they have to do the same thing for movies and TV, and that certainly won't happen. At least the courts keep throwing it out.
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