Recently, GamePolitics reported on a secret shopper investigation conducted in three Washington counties at the behest of State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson. The Democrat is a longtime critic of video game violence and was the sponsor of a 2003 video game law which was eventually declared unconstitutional by a federal judge.
In Dickerson’s recent sting, underage buyers were able to purchase M-rated games just over half the time. Dickerson commented, “That’s kind of a shocking statistic. I didn’t expect it to be as bad as it was.”
Now, GamePolitics has obtained the raw data logs which detail that investigation. According to the documents, a clerk at a Blockbuster in Burien, WA, sold a copy of Halo 2 to a 15-year-old girl, asking her:
Ready to have a party and shoot some people?
On the other hand, a clerk at a GameStop in South Center Tukwila told the girl:
I am sorry. I will lose my job if I sell to you.
Rep. Dickerson’s Legislative Assistant Melissa Bailey told GamePolitics that the survey was more of a spot check rather than a definitive study of the issue.
This was not intended to be scientific. We just conducted a simple check to see if underage kids can buy M-rated games.
GP: Big thanks to Omaha Sternberg of iGame Radio for the tip!