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Tough laws to curb violent video games proposed

June 1st, 2007 · No Comments

US video game vendors have described a new bill passed in New York designed to outlaw violent video games, as unconstitutional. The bill bars retailers from selling or renting games that depict ‘depraved violence’ and/or ‘indecent images’ to anyone under 17. A retailer who breaks the law could face four years in jail. It also demands that any new games consoles sold after September 1 2009 contain parental controls.
Bo Andersen, president of the Entertainment Merchants Association, dismissed the clause, saying that next generation consoles already feature parental controls, adding “This bill is impermissibly vague. It seeks to apply real-world standards of violence to the fictional and fanciful world of videogames, an environment in which they have no meaning. As a result, retailers and clerks will not and cannot know with certainty which videogames could send them to jail.”
The proposal has several hurdles to clear yet before it becomes law.

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