Remember that mandatory game ratings bill that was passed by the New York Senate last month? on July 22nd, 2008, New York Governor David Patterson signed a Video Game bill into law, putting an interesting twist on the state’s video game legislation.
The videogame bill in question is described thus by the office of the Governor
A.11717 / S.6401-A (the videogame bill) establishes an advisory council to conduct a study on the connection between interactive media and real-life violence in minors exposed to such media. This bill will also require new video game consoles to have parental lockout features by 2010, and mandate that games sold at retail disclose the ratings obtained from the gaming industry’s voluntary rating system.
GamePolitics’ coverage (external link) of the legislation also has a comment from Richard Taylor, Senior Vice President of Communications and Research for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA):
The state has ignored legal precedent, common sense and the wishes of many New Yorkers in enacting this unnecessary bill. This government intrusion will cost taxpayers money and impose unconstitutional mandates for activities and technologies that are already voluntarily in place. It also unfairly singles out the videogame industry over all other forms of media. One wonders where this overreach by government in New York will end. If New York lawmakers feel it is the role of government to convene a government commission on game content, they could next turn to other content such as books, theater and film.
Anyway, many members of the gaming community feel the enactment of this bill is unnecessary. And the reason why is because these people, probably have never played a video game in their life. They are probably trying to find a way to ban violent video games and get to the our parents good side. And they think by getting rid of violent video games, then real life violence will go away. they should try looking at the bigger picture instead, like poverty and unemployment, not by putting some of the blame on video games.
Fell free to leave a comment and say what you think about all this bulls**t.. =)