Eldorado Posted March 3, 2005 Report Share Posted March 3, 2005 Washington state legislators are apparently trying to put blame squarely on publishers for acts of violence when the violators/victims of said crimes use games as an excuse. http://www.leg.wa.gov/wsladm/billinfo1/dspBillSummary.cfm?billnumber=2178 (1) The graphic depictions of violence against others in video and computer games are becoming more disturbingly realistic, especially with the sophisticated advancements in technology; (2) Some video and computer games give the player points or otherwise reward or encourage the player to assault, rape, torture, and kill other characters; (3) Some of these games contain graphics of torture, sexual assault, and killing of women, persons of color, and law enforcement officers; (4) These games choreograph violence in a stylized and romanticized way that encourages children and adolescents to associate violence and killing with pleasure, entertainment, feelings of achievement, and personal empowerment; (5) Studies show a correlation between exposure to violent video and computer games and hostile behavior. Children and adolescents who spend hours playing these video games can become desensitized to violence against others, and such games can be a factor in creating conditions that lead to actual violence; (6) Throughout the country, law enforcement officers report that offenders committing violent crimes admit that they are intentionally copying the types of violent acts they play out in video or computer games. There have been accounts reported in the media in which violent offenders boast of the similarity between their crimes and the games; and (7) Manufacturers and retailers of these games are aware of the inappropriateness of violent video and computer games for children. Manufacturers and retailers are also aware of the studies and reports regarding the effects of these violent video and computer games on adolescents. The legislature declares that manufacturers and retailers of these games should do their part in taking responsibility when individuals copy in real life the violence they learn from these violent video and computer games. Therefore, the legislature intends to create a private cause of action against manufacturers and retailers of violent video and computer games. Reading the bill, some of these "facts" are extremely exaggerated. I have never seen an act of rape or sexual assault. And they explicitly point out killing "people of color" as if games are inherently racist. I must say that when I kill video game "people," race doesn't normally figure into the equation. I am so sick of legislators trying to shoehorn every little thing into some far-fetched law that never really gets to the root of the problem. And, in my opinion, this is such a non-issue, it isn't even funny. Blame starts and ends at one place, parents. They need to realize that games aren't what they used to be. No parent lets their kid go see an hard R-rated movie, so how come they can't realize that games are rated the same fucking way. Just because there isn't someone checking ID's at every store in any given city doesn't give them an automatic reprieve from blame Sean Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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