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New York Gov Passes Video Game Legislation

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."

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va_bank3795d ago

They actually passed it. I can't believe it. It'll be appealed and then revoked, but who knows how long it will take.

That means that the prople who will get screwed - are NY's retailers. Everyone will buy their consoles and games online, in NJ, CT or PA.

yesah3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

not exactly, i dont know about the 360 but the ps3 has parental controls already.

Almost all video games are rated.

there are people studying this already.

End Point: the gov. looks like a fat version of the guy on lost.

thebudgetgamer3795d ago

we are allready one of the most heavily taxed people in the country and now we have to pay more for this unconstitutional law I say bs

Megatron083795d ago

The 360 also has parental controls it also has a parent time that allows them to limit the time their kids are allow to play on the 360.

Ya I cant believe that law pass sure it be over turn but like he said that takes time.

AllseeingEye3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

Oh...thats why he got into prostitution. I live in NY and this sucks. Its not like he has to be elected into office, Spitzer threw it in his lap. Why else would Paterson be doing stupidity like this. Why dont they use our tax money to bust more government officials running prostitution rings. Ridiculous!

PoSTedUP3795d ago

im in ny too, how does it suck? arent they just making the rating stricter???

CAPT IRISH3795d ago

this is just a giant waste of money

fenderputty3795d ago

I don't know why people are freaking. All the bill did was put in place a law that regulates stuff that's already there. All consoles come with parental controls. All places have to sell to the proper age group.

Honestly, this is the type of thing (other then wasting money) that should be looked at in a positive manner. It takes the blame off of the game itself and places it on the retailer and the parent.

to me ... this isn't a bad thing, it's just not guaranteed to be good either. Kinda just meh.

Lord Shuhei Yoshida3795d ago

They single out videogames but dont go after pirated movies or drug trafficking.Unbelievable

Highwayman3795d ago

Actually you'd be wrong on that part. The war on drugs has reached a new level..the LEO's are turning up the heat out there for those dealers and trafficers.

Really though..even with all the effort there is still going to be a ton of drugs entering the U.S. and other countries as well.
Unfortunately we can't stop it all.

incogneato3795d ago

its funny seeing all the little kids on here complain about this bill. honestly wtf does it change? absolutely nothing. all the consoles have parental controls already as far as i know, and no one can sell mature games to minors, so wtf? it just increases awareness.

you people cry about the dumbest things. probably because youre all 14 year olds and you wana play gears without your mommy having to get down with you at gamestop.

CAPT IRISH3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

its just wasting the taxpayers money

and if this bill is challenged, its just going to waste even more time

PoSTedUP3795d ago (Edited 3795d ago )

i agree 100% incogneato.

@ CAPT- its going towards a good cause other than just a new baseball or football stadium ya know. its actually doing something to help the youth.

yesah3795d ago

what he is saying is that there are better things to do then doing the same thing again, they already have all this in effect.

Btw i dont know where the football comment came from, but a stadium would probaly increase tourism to the state, thus giving more money to spend on other things, like a increase in police or firemen, or better city pipes or whatever. So a football stadium would probaly be better.

DiabloRising3795d ago

It's unconstitutional there Incogneato, and it sets a precedent that may allow crack pot politicians to get away with more and more. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of the government telling me what I can and cannot do with my hobbies, and I'm 25.

It's also a monumental waste of tax payer money to study something that has been debunked time and time and time again. It disgusts me. Expect all kinds of doctored "reports" that "confirm" the link between violence and games. Also, the singling out of game media, and not music or movies, just reeks of a disgusting political agenda. Sad.

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