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February 24th, 2006 #1Registered User
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Anit-gaming bill in the works for Utah, please help stop it.
I'll post something here forwarded by the IGDA. In short, there's a bill that's going through the congress of Utah that's going to make it a criminal offense to sell games that contain "innapropriate violence" to minors. Obviously this is bad because it's an indirect form of censorship.
Please take action and support the game industry.
Dear IGDA member/user,
** Action required ASAP/before March 1st **
I am writing to alert you to legislation (HB 257) that could harm the video game industry in the state of Utah and have potential negative repercussions across the entire industry. Your help is needed to stop this legislation, which passed the Utah State House and is now before the Utah State Senate.
See GamePolitics for more general info on HB 257:
This bill treats video games differently from other forms of media. It makes it a felony crime for anyone to give, sell or rent a video game to a minor that contains "inappropriate violence" by reclassifying such games as "harmful material" like pornography. HB 257 is a misdirected attempt at placing the government, instead of parents, in control of what games they buy for their families.
Full details on HB 257 can be found at the Utah State Legislature web site:
The IGDA opposes any effort that would treat digital games differently from other forms of art and creative expression. Digital games are an expressive medium worthy of the same respect, and protections, as movies, literature and other forms of art and entertainment.
Here is how you can help stop this legislation...
The bill passed the House by a vote of 56-8 and has now been sent to the Senate which, if it chooses to consider this bill, must do so before March 1st. It is imperative that you email or fax your State Senator a message or letter as soon as possible to urge a vote against this legislation.
A draft letter that you can modify and send is available online:
If you do not know who your Senator is, you can find out here as well as obtain his/her contact information:
Please grab the letter, tweak it as you see fit and send it off to your Senator (ie, the one from the district you are in) before March 1st. Please copy me on your email or letter. Thanks for your help. If you have any questions, please let me know.
PS: Jump online for more details on the IGDA's position and "key points" against censorship:
Jason Della Rocca
International Game Developers Association
e: jason at igda dot org
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to sell games that contain "innapropriate violence" to minors
Selling highly violent stuff to little children is not a good idea. So I would not mind a law that makes it illegal. But even if that law exists it oesn't matter as long as there are parents who are not serious about being parents. Because these parents then go and blame everyone lese for their own faults.
BUt in the end I haven't read that much about that law. I am on a different continent and we already have laws like that (and have these laws for a long time). In my opinion the extension of the Patriot Act and the DMCA are worse (but that's nothing for this thread) than a law that forbids (little) kids to get their hands on some games.
February 24th, 2006 #3
If a kid can't buy a Playboy, why can he buy games where you shoot up cops and shit? We've got things backwards to start with. I guess that's a different arguement. I don't really know how I feel about this just having read it, but I've wondered for a long time now how they can get away with some of the games that have been coming out these past few years.
February 24th, 2006 #4Originally Posted by DavePalumbo
(and kids are smart enough to bypass that lame security lock that soccer mom's put on xxx sites)
February 24th, 2006 #5
What difference does it make? It's illegal to smoke, drink and watch pornographic materials when you're underage, but it doesn't stop all those minors from managing to acquire it. How do they plan to enforce this law? They can't even stop school kids from getting a gun.
Laws like these are a joke.
February 24th, 2006 #6Originally Posted by DavePalumbo
Originally Posted by DavePalumbo
The bill is designed to keep violent games away from kids, but it will likely have far more extreme consequences. It's easier for a retailer to simply not stock any games deemed "violent" (a very vague term), than to risk one of their clerks selling it to a minor, exposing them to a huge fine. So even adults will likely be forced to go to specialty shops or even out of state to get games that were made for them in the first place.
This bill is based on an entirely unproven assumption, that violent media is harmful to children. The research on both sides of the argument is extremely spotty and inconclusive. But funding actual research doesn't get you votes so we get reactionary knee-jerk bills like this.
The word censorship gets thrown about more often than the word Nazi and it's pretty much lost all meaning, but it actually applies to this case.
February 24th, 2006 #7
Hey, so what, it is already supposed to be against the rules to sell M rated games to younger than 17 people. Even though i got one. But it isnt that big a deal. It isnt like they are depriving you from getting them, and it wont change too much. Parents will still mot likely buy the games for thier kids anyways despite the new law.
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February 24th, 2006 #9
I hope the bill passes. A 10 year old doesn't need to fuck a hooker and take her money in GTA.
Besides, even if the bill does pass, it will be difficult to enforce, so emotional teens can stop their whining and get back to jerking off to Dead or Alive Volleyball or whatever it is they do.
February 24th, 2006 #10
Since when laws that say you can't you do this, ever work? They only give the thrill of transgression creating a reverse effect.
Besides, kids have access to a vast array of violent or inappropriate media that is not in video games. The problem is the same as with any new media, the older generations have their heads so much up their asses that they prefer to condemn rather than understand. It has happened before it will happen again, for now it's video games.
What we really need is a reproductive ban on idiotic people unfit for parenting.
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February 24th, 2006 #11Originally Posted by magicgoo
It'll be just like smokes, booze and porn.
Any youth wanting the games bad enough will find a way to get them. Most parents probably won't give a crap and just buy the games for their kids anyways.
Sure it sucks that another part of 'freedom' is being taken away, but really, it could be ALOT worse. It's really just spilt milk.
February 24th, 2006 #12
It doesn't seem that bad to me. If kids are fit for playing the games then their parents can buy them for them. I don't think it should get as crazy as porn where you have to go to specialty shops but the whole card to buy thing doesn't sound too bad.
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February 24th, 2006 #13
my point was more how crazy it is to accept violence at the level we (as American society) do and yet condemn sex and nudity so severely. That's backwards. Sorry to sound like a hippy there. And I do think the violence in games and movies goes over the line (so many torture movies lately, anybody notice?) and I do think that, legal or not, kids will still play these games
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Dave, I see exactly where you are coming from. I agree perfectly. One commercial for Hostel I saw said ONLY THIS:
"Caution; This movie contains scenes of brutal violence and torture."
And that's IT. They use THAT to attract people. How sick is that?
February 25th, 2006 #15Originally Posted by magicgoo
(And on a side note, this bill doesn't seem to apply at all to fucking hookers. As far as I can see it only applies to "inappropriate violence".)
I can see your point of view. It seems fairly black and white when you're talking about senseless violence like murdering hookers. But what about a game that, for example, illustrated the atrocities of war? It would be very violent, and would very likely be restricted under this bill, but it's not senseless. Saving Private Ryan was not pornography.
I know I'm being overly serious about this, which isn't like me at all, but I know a lot of passionate artists in the game industry seriously trying to advance the art, and I hate to see them being equated with pornographers.
February 25th, 2006 #16Originally Posted by 0kelvin
Bullets in 5.1 sorround, shake camera moves, screams, dust and better wounds and crispier blood. That's the legacy of Saving Private Ryan.
I also don´t like censorship, but I think that the videogame industry would think a bit more about what they throw sometimes into the colective psyche, more that just in make big $$$$.
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February 25th, 2006 #18
Is simpler than they think it is....you wont get anything by banning some games for the entire state. As some people said, yes, violence is games is not always the factor for violence between children, in not a proven fact, but there are exceptions ( GTA series).
Why are the GTA games so bad for children....? ......Well a simple person would tell you because is violent, becuase they won't thing beyond a simple and general aswer. But the real reason is becuase the context is that you are in an actual city, with normal people you might relate to your own city.....you have a lot of guns to kill who ever you want....if you get wounded you go to the hospital and come out cfompleatly healthy,if you get arrested they will take your guns away.....
So basically we are dealing with a potencially violent game world to similar to the real one, with no mayor concecuences or punishment for really violent crimes of all kind.
But the thing "DOES" say 18+, so we take the problem donw to the obvios rounte, the retailers who dont really care about what games are they selling, or to whom. They will sell games to anyone becuase for that particular area, they won't sell much in a year, and most of the sells will be in Xmas time.
If they folow the rules they will make much less money out of it, but is the same with any other thing, you will get much more if you dont really care about the concecuenses of your actions, but how come a kid of 12 or less goes to a video game store and buys the game they want? where is the money coming from?
Then the problem goes to the real reason, "parents" , is irresponsable to give their kids to much moeny every month or week, becuase let's be honest, kids dont know what to do with money, they will go and buy either the most popular game or the goriest( or porn magazines, cigarrets and other crap they wont be to hard to get). Just to be cool, and to be more "grown up".
The problem with kids is that new research proves that they are actually psicopaths untill they are at least 14 years old, they will do things for completely senseless reasons becuase their brain is still "under construction"....tho is idiotic to think violence makes them violent, the context and consecuences of violence is what might, in any particular case, make them violent.
Is up to partens to teach their own kids about the consecuenses, and to not give them money to do what ever they want becuase they dont know what the hell they want and they will try everything untill they find out. Also it would be nice that some parents could have at least half a brain to see the back of box to check if the game they are buying is proper for their kids.
So this bill wont solve anything, now if you get the game you will be even cooler and it doesnt solve the fact that this generation of parents are moslty irresplonsable to the point of wantering about getting an actual degree on parenting before you actually get a kid. Is simple, you have kids and you teach them about what you think is right and wrong, you protect them against the world untill they are ready for it and then you let them go with your inconditional support. Now is like " yea i have this piece of midget dumbass folowing me for 17 to 20 years, but im to bussy for it so i'll just spend money to keep him away from me, im sure they will teach him all the stuff at school"
Well sorry for the long post, please forgive me if there are any typos .
February 25th, 2006 #19
haha this is great,another rule to obey to stop beeing human. humans are born to fuck and kick ass so why whould we want to go against our nature by something called censorship?
well anyways its better that the kids are shooting guys in a game then on the street.
but i dont live in the us.... best of luck thou.
February 25th, 2006 #20
February 25th, 2006 #21
I took a trip to visit family in poland. I flipped on the TV and two topless women were selling handcream.
Tell me, why is this not allowed in the US, but tv shows which show people fighting and killing are? Somehow showing the beauty of the human body is frowned on, but presenting the attrocities of violence are acceptable. This is solely in relation to what CHILDREN see. Personally, i would be happy to have my 10 year old (if i had kids) reading playboy or seeing nudity then becoming slowly numb to violence and gore.
Everyone is so scared about our kids getting each other pregnant that we forgot about the harmful repercussions of exposing children to violence so early. Reproduction and sexuality have their place in a peaceful society, where violence does not.
If you're kid goes on a shooting spree, or gets pregnant, guess what its noone's fault but your own. You should be exposing your kid to things which benefit them in the long run, and TEACH them what to do with such information.
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February 25th, 2006 #22
a friend of mine once told me it's got something to do with puritanical foundations in our country. I don't know, everyone's nuts. The same thinking that says war is ok but abortion and gay marriage are atrocities
February 25th, 2006 #23
Dur, sadly the big majority of the first settlers in the Americas were none other than Puritans running away from England because they were persecuted as being too hardliners in the matters of life and religion.
If those damn boats had never made it across the atlantic, things would be VERY different in this country.
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February 25th, 2006 #24Originally Posted by JERI
indeed...the government is wasting their time and money...
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February 27th, 2006 #25
Geez, whatever happened to parenting? I've lived in Utah, and it sucks. The state is so oppresive. If you don't want your kids to view violent video games, then don't let them. If you don't care, then you deserve your kids, however they turn out.
February 27th, 2006 #26
Why do people not want their children to be able to watch porn or play violent video games?
That's ridiculous and basicly nonnatural.
In the old day people would bind their childrens hands on their back when these went to sleep, so they couldn't... well, rubb their genetals at night. Cuz it was considered EVIL.
And in the old day people would try to bann radio because it was too liberal and violent.
I've killed thousands of poeple virtually and never would harm an ant in real life never the less. I'm the nicest guy I know.
We are all murderers in our thoughts. Same concerning Videogames. It's all ibou imagination and fantasy.
February 27th, 2006 #27It's all ibou imagination and fantasy
February 27th, 2006 #28Originally Posted by Xpose
This seems to be the general train of thought for those who are agreeing with this legislation, however, if you read more carefully:
This bill treats video games differently from other forms of media. It makes it a felony crime for anyone to give, sell or rent a video game to a minor that contains "inappropriate violence" by reclassifying such games as "harmful material" like pornography.
I think people need to set aside their own personal feelings about what they feel is appropriate or not for minors and really think about what a law like this could mean to both parental and first amendment rights.
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February 28th, 2006 #29What we really need is a reproductive ban on idiotic people unfit for parenting.
I'm usually pretty harsh on parents because I've seen kids do things kids do and all their parents did was stand aside and quietly tell them "children, how many times have I told you not to do that?" I don't know whether to smack the kid or to smack the parent.
Simply put, a lot of parents need instruction manuals when they have children. That or they need sterilization.
I'm not against the legislation....I just feel people have to take responsibilities instead of relying on the government to ban this or restrict that.
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