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Georgia Bill Seeks To Keep Violent Games From Youths

19 Feb, 2002 By: John Gaudiosi

Four Democrats in Georgia's House of Representatives have introduced a state bill that would criminalize sales or rental of violent video games to minors.

The representatives, Carolyn F. Hugley, Maretta Mitchell Taylor, Valencia Seay and Lynmore James; introduced the "Violent Video Game Protection Act," (HB 1378) Feb. 13. It would make the selling or renting violent video games to minors under age 18 a midemeanor offense.

"A person commits an offense if the person sells, rents, or otherwise provides for use for a charge any video game to a minor which contains scenes or depictions of graphic violence as determined by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB)," the bill reads.

One provision would require retailers and rental outlets to post the ESRB ratings for games so consumers can read about game content. Although most retailers and rental outlets already post ESRB information and every game contains a rating on the box, this bill would punish retailers and rental outlets that allow minors to purchase or rent violent games. The ESRB dems Teen games as appropriate for children 13 and older and Mature games to be suitable for gamers 17 and older. Since a 17 year-old is still a minor, this bill could potentially penalize retailers and rental outlets that presently follow the ESRB guidelines.

Who should be responsible for deciding whether youngsters should have access to violent video games? Will laws help? Tell us here.

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