Remember when assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright proposed to have kids protected from racist games and its ilk? And before that, representative Joe Baca introduced another bill which wanted those obtrusive warning labels on video game boxes. Take those two bills and up the ante with a whole list of mature content warnings, plus a US$ 1000 fine for violators. Thus, you get this new one. Execute order 66 A2837!
Ah yes. It’s another one of those nasty bills being tossed around in Congress. This new one from New York is taking the few recent bills into a whole new level.
Remember when assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright (quite possibly, no affinity to Phoenix Wright) proposed to have kids protected from racist games and its ilk. And before that, representative Joe Baca introduced another bill which wanted those obtrusive warning labels on video game boxes.
Via GamePolitics, we now hear that assemblyman Brian Kolb steps into the scene, this time with a new bill, A2837. The objective of this bill is pretty much the same: to protect minors from mature titles. But more specifically, that these games should come with a warning label that has the following:
18+ WARNING, SALE OR RENTAL TO ADULTS ONLY. MAY CONTAIN EXPLICIT DEPICTIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF OR ADVOCATING ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING:
- COMMISSION OF A VIOLENT CRIME
- VIOLENT RACISM
- RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE
- SEXUAL ASSAULT
- SEXUAL ACTIVITY
- MORBID VIOLENCE
- ILLEGAL USE OF DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
That’s very specific. And a huge list too! What’s to become of box artists – are they to be laid off now? And that’s not the end of it either.
Kolb’s bill also proposes that these types of games are to be kept under surveillance in an “inaccessible by the general public” and seemignly under lock and key, “in a sealed and locked container.” Any violators of this new rule (once it gets approved) may be subject to a fine of around US$ 1000, and may be put on the record for civil and criminal offenses.
So. Does Viva Pinata count under bestiality? Does Persona 3 count for suicide?
Via NY State Assembly