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Utah's Violent Video Game Law Moving Forward

Posted Fri, Feb 24, 2006 by Awenyddion

Someone queue up the 70's bomp chickee bomp bomp music for me.

Utah's House voted overwhelmingly to "yank violent video games out of the hands of minors and punish as felons adults who provide such entertainment to children. " The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that "HB257, which passed 56-8, would add extremely violent "interactive video or electronic" games to the state's statute protecting minors from harmful material; the statute is commonly used to prosecute those who provide pornography to children. "

In effect this means that the Utah State Legislature is treating violent videogames as porn. If you are caught providing a violent videogame to a child then you will be charged with a felony.

The big question.. What constitutes as a violent videogame? My son likes playing Batman. He has to beat up the bad guys to get to the end game. Is that violent? He plays Call of Duty, a re-creation of WWII. Is that violent? We play WoW together where he gets kill quests. Am I little more than a pornographer because I allow my child to play games with me? Am I pissed about this? Yes I am. Expect a scathing editorial to come.

You can read the entire news article here.


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