Whether you know it or not, there is a storm-a-brewin in the video game industry. Recently, there has been new interest surrounding violence in video games. Does violence + video game = violent peeps in real life? Boston Mayor Thomas Menino seems to think so and is backing bill HB1423, aimed to block the purchase of violent video games to minors—as it would with pornography.
Although there has been no evidence or studies to prove a connection between violence in games and actual violence, Massachusetts officials met yesterday to discuss the bill. If it passes, it would make it illegal for persons under the age of 18 to purchase games with violent content. To see the details, just
Massachusetts House Bill 1423 would deem video games illegal for minors to purchase if the content matter:
"Is harmful to minors, if it is obscene or, if taken as a whole, it depicts violence in a manner patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community, so as to appeal predominantly to the morbid interest in violence of minors; is patently contrary to prevailing standards of adults in the county where the offense was committed. . . and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors."
Other states, including Utah and Louisiana attempted to pass similar laws, but were stopped cold as District Courts deemed the laws unconstitutional. As someone who loves video games, I think the responsibility lies with the family to regulate what games can or cannot be purchased, as they would music and movies. But what's your opinion? Should video games depicting violence be illegal for people under 18 to purchase?