Two California Game Bills Coming
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According to Reuters, a California state legislator will propose on Monday two new bills designed to restrict the sales of "violent" video games to young children. Similar laws passed by other states have been declared unconstitutional by federal courts. The content of the two bills are as follows:
The first bill will expand the "harmful matter" definition to include games where the player can injure another human character "in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."This is the latest attempt at curbing the supposed effects of violent video games on children's behavior, following several violent incidents in the past several years whose apparent causes were video games, such as DOOM and Grand Theft Auto.
Reuters: CA Legislator to Introduce Games Bill on Monday
The second bill would require games with a "Mature" rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, meaning they are not intended for children under 17, to be stocked above children's eye level and separately from other games. Stores would also have to display signs explaining ESRB ratings.
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