completely control a child's mind. This is yet another step in a serious of
methods to get children everywhere to march goose-step-in-step with the
legislature's opinion of morality.These kids have parents. How about
you leave it up to them?
Wonderful... More of our tax dollars down the toilet.
This is so bizarre. I can't wait for signs to go up saying "Due to Utah law, we
are no longer able to enforce any age restrictions on video games."
More wasted tax dollars. Here is a better idea, give tax credits to video game
developers in the state of Utah to help stimulate our economy. Video games are
part of modern culture, deal with it.
Why to we have to waste tax payers money again by coming up with some hokey laws
about how to or not to advertise video games? Parents raise your kids and don't
let them buy games that are inappropriate. Don't give the responsibility of
raising our kids to lawmakers. Take some ownership of your families people.
Similar action in another state resulted in the state writing out a check for
the legal expenses for a video game company.Maybe this is a ploy to
stimulate the video game industry?
Parents have a tough job in these times when there is so much to screen and many
parents are not as available as they would like; they are forced to work several
jobs. Their children are not always at home and may be doing video games at a
friend's house. It would be a lot easier for parents if there were better
measurements set, better regulations. The rules could be clearer.Abusing freedom of speech by refusing to even label objectionable material is
just as bad as denying it.
Actually, Video Games are clealy labelled, and most consoles come with password
controls that prevent games above a certain rating being played on them.
Computer access can also be password based, it takes a small amount of time to
learn, and there are plenty of walkthroughs on the Internet for parents.Check ERSB dot com for details of the ratings.Stores already
run a policy of not selling, for example, M-Rated games to underage buyers, the
system isn't perfect, but till-workers who make mistakes can get into trouble if
they sell to someone under the suggested age recommendation.If this
Bill were enforced, shops would have little choice but to abandon that voluntary
system entirely, because, instead of the Till-clerk getting into trouble, the
shop itself would be fined for their mistake. By abandoning the voluntary
system, they would be protecting themselves in a shaky financial climate. If
they abandoned the system, they could not be held responsible for false
advertising.In short, this Bill would actually make it easier for
young children to buy games not intended for their age group. Or, to put it
another way, it's more dangerous than helpful.
@Help parents protect their child,Games ARE labeled.And
while it may prove "offensive" to the eyes for some, there is absolutely nothing
wrong with a child watching age-restricted content. I've been doing so from an
incredibly young age (Around 6 or 8, I believe) and I can't stand the thought of
hunting, never mind shooting an actual person.Furthermore, taking
the freedoms away from an entire country to protect a few incompetent parents is
hardly fair. And yes, I believe anyone who can't afford to spend time with their
kids is incompetent.But honestly, you want the government to step in
and start baby-sitting? Then please, games are the least of your worries. First,
let's ban "objectionable" religions (this includes Christianity), weapons,
psychoactive substances (like beer), unhealthy foods/drinks, and carbon-based
cars.Only AFTER taking care of all these much more serious
influences should you start worrying about TV, books, games and other media
Typo in my last post, I meant ESRB dot com, sorry.
Sure the games are labeled. And despite that, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart,
GameStop, Toys R Us and others are STILL selling these harmful, mature-rated
games to kids with no parents in sight in the stores and to all kids of all ages
via the Internet.This is what we aim to stop: Saying you don't make
such sales when you do. It's called Truth in Advertising people. How can any
thinking person object to a law that says, "Practice what you preach"? Call it
the Anti-Hypocrisy Bill if you like. Jack Thompson
Your bill is going to do more harm than good, Jack. The stores will simply not
advertise that they are not selling M-rated games to underage people and they
will be able to sell ANY RATED GAME TO ANYONE. Jack, do you really think that a
cashier making $7/hour really cares about carding someone for a video game?
They are not selling them a restricted product like alcohol, tobacco, firearms
or pornography. Until you can get that through your thick headed skull, every
attempt you make to have them restricted will FAIL.
Agreed, this Bill actually makes matters worse, not better.Unless
this is some kind of plan to force shops to stop carding people, and then
claiming that as a basis for trying to legally enforce the ratings, something
that will get nowhere because it is entrapment, then I honestly cannot see any
real positive side to this Bill for either side of the debate.