State of Washington first to ban sales of violent video games to minors.

Well if you’re under 18 and live in the state of Washington and want to play Mature rated video games, or any game that allows you to commit acts of violence against police officers, then you’ll have to talk your parents into buying it for you.

Washington state bans sale of violent video games to minors – May. 20, 2003

Specifically, the law forbids selling minors any video or computer game depicting violence against law enforcement officials. Among the titles affected are industry best sellers “Grand Theft Auto 3” and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City”, both published by Take Two Interactive. Presumably, Atari’s $30 million “Enter the Matrix”, which hit store shelves last Thursday, would also be off limits to its core audience. That title earned only a “Teen” rating, since it is not graphically violent, though police officers are in-game enemies.

Retail employees who sell these games to minors are subject to fines of up to $500.

Not sure what they hope to accomplish with this. The troubled teens this legislation is supposed to keep these sorts of games away from are exactly the sort that have plenty of adults in their lives that are all-too happy to purchase these games for them. Parents that properly monitor what their kids are watching and playing are probably already limiting what their kids have access to. Ultimately the net-effect of this legislation will be absolutely nothing other than as good PR for the politicians.

When I can walk into any R-rated movie and find unsupervised kids as young as 6 in small groups because some adult bought them the tickets and walked them into the theater before leaving to go shopping, well, I seriously doubt that law is going to stop the troubled kids from having access to those games if they want ‘em.

But this is America after-all and we can’t go around applying a little common sense to the legislation we pass. Educate the parents? What a preposterous idea!

3 thoughts on “State of Washington first to ban sales of violent video games to minors.

  1. You know, im getting alittle sick and tired of people baggin on video games that have an extreme amount of blood and gore. Im recently the proud owner of a wonderful game, “The Suffering”, and i think this game is awesome. So what if it uses the F word, or shows people being shot or decapitated.  People are getting their panties twisted into a bunch in their crack by these games, and the parents are the ones who are complaining. But wait, the parents are the ones buying these games. Seriously, i dont think kids are goin to go out and start cuttin heads off, and shooting people.  Yeah, i wouldnt recommend some games to some people, but seriously, people need to grow up.  Games are not the only thing corrupting the minds of young children.  Computer games, movies, CD’s. All of this stuff is a major factor also.  So please lay off the games.  Its a business, and these games are selling!!!

  2. ///  The rant about violence and video games is misplaced. Those with serious mental outcomes involving game play are actually victims of a problem from civil engineering close-spaced office design. The Everquest Connection page at VisionAndPsychosis.Net explains the psychology involved.

    Every time you install a computer you create a workstation. If you use that workstation in a room with movement/stimulus comming from behind you there will be problems unless you plan Cublical Level Protection into the workstation.

    See Prevention at the bottom of most pages on the site.

    If you’re not hearing voices you ain’t addicted.

  3. The problem is this country is in enough trouble as it is. And quite frankly banning video games would make it worse because there are millons of gamers in this country and banning them could tip the scale and cause something like an all out riot across the nation. DON’T blame video games for bad parenting.

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