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Proposed Bill to Criminalize Selling of Mature Games to Minors

Matheson and Lee’s bill would include requirement of identification checks and stores to post explanations of what the ratings mean. Stores found violating the law would be fined $5,000 per violation by the FTC.

"Many young children are walking into stores and are able to buy or rent these games without their parents even knowing about it. Many retailers have tried to develop voluntary policies to make sure mature games do not end up in the hands of young kids, but we need to do more to protect our children," said Terry.

Illinois and Louisiana have attempted in the past to enact similar laws, but faced fierce opposition and were struck down as being unconstitutional. It appears Terry and Matheson would like to try their luck again on a nation-wide level.

"As a parent, I know that I’m the first line of defense against my kids playing Mature-rated video games," Matheson said in a statement. "But parents can’t be everywhere monitoring everything and some reasonable, common sense rules ought to be in place to back parents up."

  • nvalhalla
    Well, Mr. Government, I'd like to protect my own child, thank you. You just stay the F*** out of it.
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  • Nuke_Dukem
    ? They are letting you protect your own child. Thats why they are wanting the legislation at the stores level, and punishing them rather than the parents.
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  • righteous
    Criminals criminalizing video games? That's just precious.

    What's worse? The Government, or a Video game? You be the judge...
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  • Alcohol is illegal to sell to minors, yet they still get it.

    Ciggarettes are illegal to sell to minors, yet there are 12 year olds buying ciggarettes from people and smoking them.

    Cocaine is illegal, and yet even high profile people in Hollywood seem to be able to get an ample supply.

    Laws do nothing.

    If someone wants something they will get it, regardless of how many laws are in place.

    You will see 18 year old freshmen college students selling Grand Theft Auto X to school yard kids much as they do booze and cigarettes.

    Kids will either trust and obey the rules their parents set forth, or break them completely...no law will stop them.
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  • giovanni86
    Anyone at any age, if u look the age can pass to get games, cigs, booze, etc. You just got 2 know the right place. I know a few liquor stores that sell booze n cigs to underage kids. Its how the business makes money. A lot more money then your average adults. As many have stated, laws can be in place, but everyone in the U.S knows these laws are like walls, yet every now and then you can break the wall and get away with it because the wall is ok with you breaking it down(Store associate)In the end its all about money. More money, better.
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  • DXRick
    Given how successful the omnibus crime bill (with its midnight basketball) was at eliminating violent crime in the US, preventing kids from blasting virtual aliens and other googlies into oblivion will undoubtedly turn us into the utopian paradise that these facists envision!
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  • perhaps if this were some sort of utopian society we would have time to worry about the various ways we entertain ourselves when we're bored. last i checked, we are not. we have criminals in the white house who have bogged us down in a war of choice. we have a tanking economy. education is getting worse not better. it goes on and on really. and politicians have the audacity to waste time and money on video games?! really? is that really the problem? video games?
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  • Christopher1
    This is absolutely STUPID. Don't they realize that usually the parents of the children buying M-rated games are RIGHT WITH THEM WHEN THEY ARE BUYING THEM!
    How is this going to solve anything? Answer: It isn't, because most SANE people like myself know that there is no negative connection between playing violent video games and violence in real life.
    In fact, the only connection I have seen is POSITIVE, where a person who plays a violent video game and gets rid of their negative impulses in that game, don't use them in reality.
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  • Christopher1
    This is absolutely STUPID. Don't they realize that usually the parents of the children buying M-rated games are RIGHT WITH THEM WHEN THEY ARE BUYING THEM!
    How is this going to solve anything? Answer: It isn't, because most SANE people like myself know that there is no negative connection between playing violent video games and violence in real life.
    In fact, the only connection I have seen is POSITIVE, where a person who plays a violent video game and gets rid of their negative impulses in that game, don't use them in reality.
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  • Christopher1
    This is absolutely STUPID. Don't they realize that usually the parents of the children buying M-rated games are RIGHT WITH THEM WHEN THEY ARE BUYING THEM!
    How is this going to solve anything? Answer: It isn't, because most SANE people like myself know that there is no negative connection between playing violent video games and violence in real life.
    In fact, the only connection I have seen is POSITIVE, where a person who plays a violent video game and gets rid of their negative impulses in that game, don't use them in reality.
    Reply