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California Games

If you haven’t been following game news lately, the big thing that’s going around is an upcoming Supreme Court case that asks to make legislation that prohibits the sale of “a defined class of video games which invite players to commit digital homicide, torture, and rape” to minors. These kind of bills have been crafted numerous times, and usually have been shot down on constitutional grounds. The latest development in the case is that eleven more state attorney generals have shown support for the bill, including Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. “Protecting children from digital danger requires proactive parents — but they need and deserve help,” said Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal. I know I’m turning this into a news article, and I don’t want it to. So, now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: My opinion.

I agree with it.

Now, don’t get all over me, credit me with not being a gamer, bla bla bla. Just because I support the bill doesn’t mean I don’t have problems with it. From what I’ve seen it hasn’t been set what age constitutes a “minor,” but I would guess it’s probably 18. This is the one problem I have with the bill; 14-17 year olds are usually mature enough to handle that sort of thing. Now, I’m not just saying that because I’m 16, I’m saying that because I know how mature most 14-17 year olds are, and they should be able to handle things like that. Now, to discuss why I support the bill: While I don’t feel games promote real world violence, as I’ve stated before, I would agree that they do give kids a bad idea of how the world is, especially Kids 13 and younger. I don’t believe these kids should be buying M rated games; I don’t feel that they have the amount of maturity that 14-17 year olds do, and unless they can show that, they shouldn’t be able buy them. Now, playing them? That’s the parents decision to make, not the laws. The law has a right to stop things being sold, but doesn’t have a right to say what you can and can’t experience/play. ..I really can’t think of much else to say about that on here unless I get direct questions, so if you want to debate me, go ahead and leave a comment and I’ll probably answer.

Gamasutra article: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/29499/Eleven_States_Join_To_Support_California_Game_Legislation_In_Supreme_Court.php