The hypocrisy of anti-video gaming laws

Arnold Schwarznegger signed a law banning selling violent video games to minors or face a $1,000 fine.

Funny how this man, who made his millions from extremely violent movies affording him his successful bid for Governor of California, is now the champion of anti-media-violence.

The Wired article sums up the hypocrisy pretty well with their last sentence: “Consider that your final irony: Politicians work hard to ban virtual torture — while working just as hard to allow it in real life.”

-TPP – Save the Children!

2 Responses to “The hypocrisy of anti-video gaming laws”

  • Dunno if this is still true, but the classification of objectionable games are not based on standard ESRB rating. Instead, it’s based on their own standard. The game needs to have tortures, rapes, etc. Hmm.. sounds pretty good, what are those games? 🙂

    Michigan is also considering something similar. $5K fine for the retailer. $15K and 93 days in jail for the adults helping minors to procure these filths! I have to check, but I believe it’s easier to buy a gun than buying a copy of Doom. Gun don’t kill people. Games that allows you to shoot at aliens DO.

  • Yes, the Michigan and Illinois laws are much stricter than the Californian one. The Californian law doesn’t have personal liability, so if a clerk sells a violent game to a minor, his employer pays, but in Michigan and/or Illinois the clerk pays and might even go to jail.

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