Kotaku: New York Governor David Paterson has signed a video game bill into law. Taking effect in 2010, the bill,just passed by the State Assembly, creates a council to study the relationship between video games and youth violence, requires game consoles to be equipped with parental controls to block "violent or indecent" content, and mandates by law that retailers disclose game ratings to purchasers - which implies that all game content must be rated to be sold in the state of New York.
"The state has ignored legal precedent, common sense and the wishes of many New Yorkers in enacting this unnecessary bill," said Richard Taylor, senior VP of communications and research for the Entertainment Software Association. "This government intrusion will cost taxpayers money and impose unconstitutional mandates for activities and technologies that are already voluntarily in place. It also unfairly singles out the videogame industry over all other forms of media."