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Video Game Law

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An interesting article caught my eye today.  The law that says violent video games cannot be sold to minors is going to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.  This law also enforces a $1,000 fine to anyone who rents a violent video game to a minor.  After looking at this article I did a little bit of research on the topic and found that there have been studies done that say the label that marks a video game as violent actually draws kids attention in.  Instead of picking up a video game based on what they are actually interested in, they beeline towards the games with these labels.

The other side of the argument, as supported by Governor Schwarzenegger in the following statement is that, “We have a responsibility to our kids and our communities to protect against the effects of games that depict ultra-violent actions, just as we already do with movies,” he said. “I am pleased the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up this issue, and I look forward to a decision upholding this important law that gives parents more tools to protect their children, including the opportunity to determine what video games are appropriate.”

I think that the result of this case will be interesting to watch as it unravels.


Written by nadiaa513

April 30, 2010 at 1:24 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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