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Gaming News: "Hillary's new BILL"
Posted: Monday December 5th, 2005 by

Thus far, every state level form of legislation limiting the sale and/or rental of games with violent and sexually explicit content has been struck down as "unconstitutional". Illinois is the most recent example.
Source: Gamespot [ more info ]

But, now, stepping up to the stage is Hillary Clinton, wife of Bill and Democratic junior senator from New York. And, she's not thinking locally. She's currently drafting a bill that will govern the classification, regulation, and distribution of video games with violent or sexually explicit content nationwide.
Source: Gamespot [ more info ]

Now, she assures us that she's not out to censor games in any way. The purpose, she says, is to make sure that certain games do not get into the hands of minors.

There are, of course, sections of the bill worry me. But, ultimately I agree with her. But, I'm not about this "age restriction" crap. I say take the next step. Every person has to take a test to determine their mental capacity for mature thought and reasoning. You then have to carry a card that lets everyone know what that maturity level is. In this way, a person that can't logically deal with violent or sexually explicit content will not be allowed to buy it.

Yes, I'm joking. I'm taking it to an extreme. But, it's an extreme that's meant to point out flaws in the idea of regulating games in such a way as to limit them by age. I absolutely believe that children shouldn't have access to violent or sexually explicit video game content. But, I think their consumption should be regulated by the parents.

There should still be ratings on game boxes, to be sure. But it should be a generalized guide to help parents know what their children should be able to handle. And, after you're old enough to drive a car, you should be able to handle buying your own games without your parents holding your hand.


That's just my opinion on the matter though. I can only hope that those that disagree with me atleast have suggestions for how things should be handled. The only way we can find the RIGHT system, is to examine all the possibilities, find the best aspects of each, and base a system on that.

And if you ask me... Hillary Clinton could definately learn to a grade A frag master, toasting our asses with flak canons or head-shotting us for the win.

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