Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Illinois - the No Gaming Zone

Ars Technica News - Illinois, the No Gaming Zone

Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, has deemed the ESRB rating system as "ineffectual" and has proposed legislation to enforce accountability when software retailers sell games with gratuitous violence or sexually explicit content to anyone under the age of 18. From the Chicago Sun Times.

In an assault on the video gaming industry, the governor today will call on lawmakers to approve new restrictions subjecting retailers to potential jail time and fines of up to $5,000 if they sell or rent violent or sexually charged video games to those younger than 18.

Although he said his goal was to “help parents,” one has to wonder if in the wake of a presidential campaign that was fought on a “values” basis, if this is just political finagling. Whatever the governor’s motivation is, one has to worry about who makes the decisions on what content would be culpable under the ban.

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