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Video Games Illegal in Illinois

So a new bill about to be approved in Illinois (AP article) will outlaw video games that are violent or sexually explicit. It is up to store owners to determine which games are or aren’t. Then they have to make sure they don’t sell them to minors. I’d imagine that doing so will be such a huge legal liability for the store owners that they will have to close shop. I know I would.
The most disturbing thing was what Sen. Deanna Demuzio said: “Video games are not art or media. They are simulations, not all that different from the simulations used by the U.S. military in preparation for war.”
Video games are not art or media?! I’m sickened.
Why don’t they ban games like “tag” or “hide and go seek?” They seem to me to be not all that different from military training.
Seems to me that Illinois has determined that parents are no longer able to raise children and are starting to take away some of their responsibilites.

Posted on May 20, 2005 at 11:01 am by Gary Rosenzweig · Permalink
In: General