State Legislatures Move to Ban Violent Videogames
May 31, 2007 (LPAC)--New York's is one of many state legislatures which are moving to effectively ban violent videogames for youth. Associated Press reported yesterday that Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer offered a proposal in April, to restrict the distribution of extremely violent and sexually explicit video games to youths. Today, more than a dozen such bills are in the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led Assembly.
They range from an outright ban, to taxing the videos more, to creating parental controls, to creating an advisory council to recommend action, to requiring warnings that the games could lead to epileptic seizures. The Assembly passed a version that would prohibit games from being sold to youth if they contained both "depraved violence and indecent sexual images." The measure would create a felony for violators.