American parents support proposed ban on sale of violent games

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As I type this, I’ve got my Serious Face on. I’m sure most of you are aware of the fuss California is kicking up around the proposed ban on sale of violent videogames to minors. Team Schwarzenegger has been trying to implement this new ruling in California since 2005, but has had little luck thanks to the Freedom of Speech amendment.

The case has now been taken to the US Supreme Court, which kicks off in November this year; but you knew most of this already. What you might not know is that a group called Common Sense Media has published results of a poll in which 2100 USA parents were asked how they felt about the proposed new legislature.

The support is definitely there with 72% of parents agreeing that the ruling should be implemented across the USA. James Steyer (the founder of Common Sense Media) is quite open about his support for the ban as well: “What we’ve learned from this poll is that parents want to be the ones who decide which games their kids play, not the video game industry.”

The part that irritates me the most about this is since when were parents not the ones who decide which games their kids play? Did I miss something or is there really some nefarious Videogame Industry force-feeding violent games to minors?

Worth noting is that Common Sense Media is an NGO that aims to help children and parents cope in a world that places increasing emphasis on media and technology. Videogames obviously fall into their broad spectrum of concern. With that in mind, it’s little doubt that the group would be in support of the potential ban. Personally, I’ve always thought that parents are the ones who should be responsible for bringing up their children, not NGOs and governments. But what do I know; I don’t even have kids.

Source : Gamasutra

Last Updated: September 14, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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