Game-restriction bill submitted to congress

By Mikael Hoffman on December 17, 2005, 5:42 PM
Three U.S. Senators unveiled the Family Entertainment Protection Act, which would fine managers of retail stores that are caught selling Mature (M), Adults Only (AO), or Ratings Pending (RP) rated games to minors. Store managers would be fined up to $1,000 or 100 hours of community service for a first offense, and $5,000 or 500 hours of community service for each subsequent offense.

"Video games are hot holiday items, and there are certainly wonderful games that help our children learn and increase hand and eye coordination," Clinton said in a statement. "However, there are also games that are just not appropriate for our nation's youth. This bill will help empower parents by making sure their kids can't walk into a store and buy a video game that has graphic, violent and pornographic content."




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Subservient said:
I am sick of this crap. Yes, I agree that M and AO games are not appropriate for minors, but honestly, I'm not going to go out and blow up Las Vegas after playing San Andreas. Video games do not influence people to do stupid things. Stupid people influence people to do stupid things.I read a story once that a 37-year old man, left his baby unattended for 14 hours while he played World of Warcraft. The baby died. The video game didn't do this, the dumb deviant did it.[color=red]Edited by Poertner_1274: Please watch your language when posting. I know opinions can get heated, but in the end this is a place where people of all ages can come and read. [/color]
Eleventeen said:
I agree with you to some extent. Mature and Adult games shouldn't be bought by minors, but there are people actually get influenced by the games. On the news a few months back I heard of some kids doing crazy things like bashing car windows and things like that. Turns out that they never did this before, only after they bought a violent game. I dont know, maybe its just one of those wierd things that happen, but I doubt it.
blue_dragon said:
"wonderful games that help our children learn and increase hand and eye" WOW!!!shows how ignorant the governement is, now imagine how ignorant are parentsI AGREE, TOTAL BSI too have gone on mass killings in SAn ADReas but I wouldnt do it real life"Stupid people influence people to do stupid things. "MIght as well ban FEar FActor and the late nightsHECK!!!???WHy not ban television as a whole?HECK!!! WHY should police officers use guns, that just promotes violence!!LETs have a 25-year old who has never seen violence or know the hazzards of every day life and try to stop someone robbing a bank?
Masque said:
Nobody's saying that the game/s would turn every player into a mad serial killer....but the fact is, there ARE people out there that lean towards violent and otherwise disturbing behavior. If their home backround is such that the children are otherwise ignored and left to their own...then that just adds in another potential. It HAS been proven that the brain is still developing...both physically and emotionally....until the person is in his/her 20's.
cyrax said:
Forgive my french but i really need to comment on this. That Clinton [color=blue]lady[/color] always looking for an axe to grind since none of her other policies make any sense. While i dislike republicans she represents politicans who can't think of positive ways to help society and use passions to override common sense. This is clearly an attack for the generation who won't walk blindly in the path of pop music. The 90 million shhe spent on that survey could have been used to help homeless and poor people. I guess stupidity wins again.[color=red]Edited by Poertner_1274: Please watch your language when posting. I know opinions can get heated, but in the end this is a place where people of all ages can come and read.[/color]
donnagual said:
I personally like the idea of not allowing CHILDREN to be saturated in obsessive violence. Let us adults go at it all we like, it is too late for us, we are already a bunch of crazed lunatics. But let's keep the kid's hearts pure as long as possible.
Rage_3K_Moiz said:
Umm,wouldn't it be better to just create some sort of card system for this whole thing? I mean u could get the card and u would need to show it to buy any game u need. And, if u need to buy christmas gifts u would have to indicae whom u were buying the game for by quoting that specific person's card number which would be checked against a computerized database. It could be upgraded if u have become say 18 and need to buy games that are rated 18 & above. Oh, and it could have ur picture and thumbprint on it for identification. That would help, wouldn't it? Instead of going to so much trouble, just do this and bam, its all fixed. How about it?
MarkSizzle said:
Ok this is all a load of crap. Yes I understand that kids shouldnt have AO or M rated video games unless approved by your parents. The reason for this is that they well get encourqaged to do violent things? And adults cant get influenced? It just happens less frequent than it does with kids. I agree with one of the comments above. Do you wanna take away a cops gun too? What we cant watch football because they hit people; meaning we cant play madden? There is violence in the world people and your kids are gonna get some of it one way or another.
Didou said:
There are also drugs in the world, does that mean you shouldn't even try to make it harder for them to get & use them ?
Bartzy said:
lol "help our children learn and increase hand and eye coordination". yeah, sure. I will teach my children to play, so they can increase their coordination !For my opinion, it's better that children will get it from the stores and not from the internet. They will get it anyway, so why not in a legal way ?
vnf4ultra said:
I don't think this will help anything. I knew kids that wanted to get "parental advisory" cds and paid older teens/adults(who were old enough), to buy it for them. I don't think the bill will stop this type of buying. I personally don't even know why they make AO games at all, do poeple buy them? I guess so, since they sell them.
Strakian said:
Everyone on the board could argue this thing over and over again. The bottom line is if you make something illegal for kids to buy themselves, or at least more taboo, then you're setting up a trap that makes them want it even more JUST because they can't get it. This is the same reason kids start drinking early, smoking early, etc, in my honest opinion. Because the government has said NO. Now, the main thing to keep in mind here is that this is probably like the 20th bill that's gone to congress or something, and may or may not pass. In the end it's not going to make a difference because a majority of parents are un educated about games and want to make sure Timmy has a merry Xmas. On the same side of the coin, a lot of people my generation (early 20's) will be getting married or having kids shortly, and I for one see no problem with allowing my future 9 year old play DooM if he or she has a good time. The job of the parent, not the government is to help the child to understand that this is an artificial reality, and this is not what we do in the real world. If parents would take 5 minutes a day to talk to their kids and re-emphasize that certain things are only ok in the virtual world, then Kids never lose that connection.
sngx1275 said:
I think the fines for the manager are a bit unncessary. Fine the person that sold it to the kids. Its not that hard to ask for ID. I get asked for ID when I buy beer.I've never seen an Ao game in a store? Where do they sell these?Its not going to really make that much of a difference. How many people under 17 buy games themselves? My guess is their parents are with them when they buy it (how did they get to the store?) or their parents bought them the game as a gift. I know people under 17 can get to the store on their own, and some have money to get games, but its bills like this that seem to make the assumption everyone under 17 is buying violent video games, and that just isn't true.
smtkr said:
I'm just glad that I grew up before all of this crap started catching the attention of the career politicians. I played Doom all the time when I was in elementary school and had a lot of fun.
Chamot said:
I've also played ultraviolent games throughout my childhood. I wonder why I've never committed any crime, never had any social problems, still cringe upon hearing news stories involving the death of someone on TV, and can't bear looking at emails with photos of real-life injuries.Well, I guess games have turned me into a sissy, which is probably what these politicians want to avoid. :p
mentaljedi said:
I started playing Doom when i was i don't know. Very little. In reality, tests have proven that while games may cause kids to do stupid things, that's becaues they're already crazy and just need an idea. I mean, only an ***** would start shooting cars or hitting old ladies (GTA!) IT's really the parents fault. If they can't teach their child what's real and what isn't, then i don't know what this world has come to!
xcorch said:
I agree on trying to keep the minors less exposed to such games.On the other hand I think that playing violent games is much the same as watching an action movie. Except in games there is such thing as GAME OVER, and not a the star of the movie surviving taking on a whole bunch of armed men and still comming out alive.As long as the kid knows the difference between fiction and reality they can make sane decisions.I have played some of the most violent games available since I was 9 and I still aviod fights and violence. As it has been said games don't infleunce people to do stupid things...its stupid people who cant get in touch with reality that do stupid things.
xcorch said:
I agree on trying to keep the minors less exposed to such games.On the other hand I think that playing violent games is much the same as watching an action movie. Except in games there is such thing as GAME OVER, and not a the star of the movie surviving taking on a whole bunch of armed men and still comming out alive.As long as the kid knows the difference between fiction and reality they can make sane decisions.I have played some of the most violent games available since I was 9 and I still aviod fights and violence. As it has been said games don't infleunce people to do stupid things...its stupid people who cant get in touch with reality that do stupid things.
Subservient said:
[b]Originally posted by Rage_3K_Moiz:[/b][quote]Umm,wouldn't it be better to just create some sort of card system for this whole thing? I mean u could get the card and u would need to show it to buy any game u need. .....[/quote]...Yeah, it's called I.D. :)
EsTeBaNo said:
What ?? OH My God its all the parents fault... They should be watching what their kids do with their money, some other parents allow their kids to play this kind of games and its not fair that some Store Managers are getting fined...And just ignorant parents who dont teach their kids the meaning of good and bad are the ones that should be punished, since they are the ones that control and teach their kids about what is wrong and right, and of course what is real and what is not.
tarun123v said:
Instead of banning the games from selling from normal retail stores there should be awareness created by the GOVT themselves so that minors don't play such(A MO) games somehow they will get those games from
cyrax said:
I sincerely apologise to the administrators for any offense done to them. None was orginally meant.
omer718 said:
Hell I read and watch more violent things on news then in videogames. What is that supposed to mean?!!!! BAN NEWS NOW?!!!!!! This is pathetic!!
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