U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

July 24, 2008 -

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) yesterday introduced a bill in the United States Senate which would:

...prohibit the distribution or sale of video games that do not have age-based content rating labels [and]  prohibit the sale or rental of video games with adult content ratings to minors...

The full text of the bill, S.3315 is not yet available on the Senate's legislative website. Thus far the bill has no co-sponsers. The measure has been referred to the Senate's Committe on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

GamePolitics has received unconfirmed word that Wicker's bill is the Senate version of the Video Games Rating Enforcement Act introduced in the House by Reps. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Lee Terry (R-KS) earlier this year.

Wicker, a longtime Congressman, was appointed to his Senate seat by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on New Year's Eve to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sen. Trent Lott. Perhaps not surprisingly, Wicker is running for election. He must face Mississippi voters in November in a special election to fill out the rest of Trent Lott's term.


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Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Screw that.

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Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I think it's time to ready the pitchforks and torches.

Getting a little tired of these laws against video games. Wasting taxpayers money on stupid, unconstitutional laws that end up getting chucked by the court.

Congress - give it up, already.... There's a reason why your approval rating is 9%.

 

 

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

The NY bill kinda frightens me, if that can go through without so much as a peep, what about this one? We NEED the monetary musclepower of the gaming businesses behind us otherwise no one may step up to challenge the law, and if no one challenges it, it will never be found unconstitutional.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I'm against anything that limits the distribution and sale of something that in and of itself is not illegal. A game focused around romancing half clad ballerinas as you smash through a nightmarish caricature world of socialist Russia may not be for me...but I want it to be available for those that like that kind of stuff.

Same goes for porn. I may not like "Kidneyscrapers XVII: The Reckoning" but should it be banned?

Never.
If someone says "Ban" we must go medieval on their ass and lynch him/her ASAP, then hang the beaten carcass proudly from our gates.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Doesnt surprise me, a republican is sponsoring this.  Seems these days, if it will screw around with the USA, the US Constitution, or the American people, republicans are all for it.  Show not surprise anyone, that the GOP is having a tough time doing anything correctly.  Maybe if they did THEIR JOB back in 2000-2004, instead of F*CKING around, they wouldnt be in this mess.

In my state, the senators are reasonablly minded.  They want and like high tech companies.  It makes JOBS, and those jobs create....*gasp*.....MORE JOBS.  And these jobs, create stable, thriving communities.  Isnt that how one gets OUT OF A RECESSION? 

You know what, lets let these republicans drown in their own ignorance.  Then be proven unconstitional.  Cus every F*CK up by the GOP, is one more voter to Obama.

 

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Anonymous, while I agree with you that there are more important issues and the GOP has failed at being true conservatives, Democrats have introduced a similar bill in the House. The "video game issue" transcends party lines, which is why it is so easily attacked and passed in states like NY.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

To all those people that commented about how the NY bill changes nothing and refused to beleive that the NY bill couldnt possibly lead to worse ones.... I have 4 words.

 

I told you so.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Anonymous walks down a New York alley with a hat and trenchcoat, three blocks from a middle school, matching the suspicious stares of the local young thugs. They approach Anonymous, making various noises, perhaps to inquire, perhaps to rob. Anonymous wards off the latter by showing the handle of the gun in his pocket, then opens up the left side of his trenchcoat, showing off the contraband strapped to the inside.

"Fifty bucks.", he grates.

A couple of the kids have the money and pay him immediately. Another couple agree to meet with him tomorrow.

"Five-Oh.", one of the kids pipes up.

He is in the shadows immediately; the cops give the kids a few looks before moving on. A few of the kids call after him, but he is gone; after all, he wouldn't want to be caught selling GTA IV to kids.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

This post ^^^^ reeks of win.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I believe this calls for an email campaign...BREAK OUT THE WELL-WORDED ARGUEMENTS!!!!

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Whaaaaaat?!?! It got Psychonauts on the 360 Backwards-Compatable list, didn't it!

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Damn tradtional values Republicans!

Instead of focusing on vidja gamez,why not try and get Queen Bee Pelosi to call a vote for offshore drilling?No?Oh well,at least I tried.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

i wonder how many times this law will try to get enacted.  It gets shot down every time, why do they bother?

 

Also, why do they always seem to ignore movies and music?

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Because they tried (and failed) with movies, and music isn't nearly as big of an impact as games and movies are

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Hey if they provide the cash to get the games rated I wouldn't be peeved.

I am so glad that in the UK we have a system where it only needs a BBFC rating if the developers think its needs one, since almost every game gets a PEGI rating, but this is down solely by the creators.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I wonder how long this kind of thing will continue.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Ok, unlike the New York bill, this one IS unconstitutional.  The industry will definitely jump on this one.  And since we know their track record, I can already assume that this bill is dead.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

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It is time to start writing your representatives and congressmen GP readers.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I think organizing a protest would better since writing to them hasn't really worked very well so far.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

lol

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I did like that Anonymous was saying we should organize a protest...but I agree. If we could set up a full-sized protest, in front of the Capital Building or something, it would definatly make an impact. Problem is, I don't know how to get to Washington D.C....

 

Hey GP, if there was going to be a protest/march at DC, and it looked big, would you post it as a story? I'd really like to know if one is ever set up or something

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

lol x2

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Here's an idea, why don't we worry about our economy and the War in Iraq instead of video games?

 

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Because politicans don't know how to solve those problems so instead they go for minor non-important issues like video games or other useless shit instead. Pathetic.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

So how much longer until politicians aren't trying to score re-election brownie points?

Eh, who am I kidding. There's always a new election coming up soon enough at some level.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I highly doubt that this piece of shit legislation is going anywhere as the U.S. Congress and Senate has tried this for the past 5 or 6 years with different bills and they have all gone nowhere.

They just introduce the bill, say they are "protecting the children" so they look good to the moralist prudes and "raise my children for me" parents and then go nowhere with it because they know it's unconstitutional and will never get through the courts.

So anyways how much taxpayer's money has been wasted on these bills? Something like 4 or 5 million between all the state laws that have been passed and struck down.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

for gods sakes, how many state level laws stating almost the EXACT same thing have been shot down as unconstitutional? 9? 10? that should be enough of a rock solid legal precedent for the fedral courts to rule similary, and hopefully this time the national status of the bill will finally ram the bills unconstitutionality down the throats of the ignorent dolts that bring them up.

 

 

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

OK, correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't there a ruling from some Supreme Court at some level ALREADY saying this was unconstitutional? I think? lol?

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I don't know who is running against him in this election, but for once I would like to see a mud slinging campeign about how this guy is wasting taxpayers money proposing laws that have already been ruled against free speech.

"Do you want your tax money to go to Free Speech hating, unconstitutional laws? Of course you don't. That's why you should vote for XXXXX in the upcoming special election. XXXXX will make sure your money goes to actualy changes, not thrown in the garbage with failed bills."

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

w00t that would be a good ad

but then...do the soccer moms and stupid voters of today even know what the Constitution is? Many don't know who our first president was even... (George Washington)  =)

SpeedR1Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

1. We already have a WORKING Ratings System.

2. Your "law" is unconstitutional.

3. You've just wasted MORE tax-payer money.

< Repeat ad nauseum in a few months time. >

Why don't they EVER get it through to their thick skulls!? Why do we repeat this idiotic dance time and time again!?

Re: SpeedR1Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating

What are you talking about? They stopped wasting taxpayer money long ago. Now they're wasting our KIDS money and wasting even NON-TAXPAYER's money by using the federal reserve to use inflation as a tax.

 

These people need to shut their whore mouths and follow the constitution.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

He is standing for election so this isn't surprising.  Even if it fails he can boast about how he wants to save all the children.  It's definately gonna fail but it benefits him as he gets more ammo for his reelection.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Note that Roger Wicker is not just running for reelection, he is in a surprisingly tight race against Democrat Ronnie Musgrove.  You would think that a Republican senator would be a shoo-in for reelection in Mississippi, but all the polls so far show this as a toss-up, and with the incredible Democratic momentum this year nationwide, Wicker's right to be scared.  Maybe this is part of his attempt to garner positive headlines in Mississippi?

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Dear Senator,

This is precisely the sort of thing that Congress, and especially Republicans, should NOT be doing.

In other years, this kind of thing might mean more votes.  I can appreciate that.  Votes mean you get to keep your job.  This year, however,  you might notice that there are far more pressing concerns.

This legislation is what we used to call "a complete waste of time and taxpayer money".  Handle the far more pressing concerns of high energy prices, the Iraq situation, and border control before you attempt to cozy up to whichever lobby is behind this.

Your Pal,
Dave

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I think they should follow the immortal words of some guy I made up.

 

"You need to shut your whore mouths and follow the constitution!"

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Hey, whoa. I'm a bit of a conservative...and conservatives are generally much more in favor of retaining their rights than liberals. These "Republicans" are being blinded by power and the wish to keep it using any sleezy methods as necessary.

 

Might I interest you in this article?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1026442/Dont-listen-liberals--Ri...

 

Other than the completely biased "especially Republicans" statement, I agree with the whole thing

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

I think what Dave was trying to say was a bill that restricts a citizen's rights is something he shouldn't expect from a Republican, as in, he believes that this goes against the ideals of the party. He's not speaking ill of Republicans in general, just this one.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

There's only one conservative in the Congress, and that's Ron Paul. It's all lefties from there. Whether they want leftist communism or a leftist theocracy, they're still doing shit the founders never ever wanted.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Too many parents out there are stupider than their own children. I don't see anything wrong at all with that snippet of the bill.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Remember unrated games BAD, unrated movies GOOD. *Rolls eyes* We do NOT need legislation we need people to tell parents about the ratings. THE PARENTS ARE THE PROBLEM!!!!!!

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Ugh.

Can we please get someone into the legislation with a copy of various video games, to SHOW THEM that WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO LEGISLATE IS ALREADY BEING DONE!?

If showing them the easily understandable ESRB ratings doesn't work, can we beat them to death with the DVD cases because they're too stupid to hold office?

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

The legal precedent has already ruled that you can't governmentally regulate the sales of gaming, as it is protected under the First Amendment.  Nice try.

M. Carusi

Capitol Gaming

augamers.blogspot.com

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

So under this law, you couldn't sell a used copy of an old NES game, because they don't have ratings. Even if that game was something like "Sesame Street: Big Bird's Hide & Speak".

Excuse me while I eye roll.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

hooray for more useless rating enforcement laws?

the only games i can think of that would "break" this law are the ones distributed for free on the internet...but these idiots probably don't even know they exist

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

They think the people who made Torture Game 2, GTA4 and Mario Galaxy are the same...

 

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Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

Oh my god...

 

Ok, someone needs to sit these people down, show them what the ESRB does (and how EVERY game released by a major company has a game rating) and how every rental place requires you to be 17 or have a parent present to rent a mature rated game, and then show them a picture of money on fire, as that's what they may as well be doing.

 

First New York passes a bill that I still am shocked by...the video game industry is worldwide, ran by hundreds of different businesses throughout many different countries.  Who the hell is New York to tell every last one of them what they can and can't do?  Parental controls exist in every system already, every retailed game has an ESRB rating very prominently displayed on it, and most places with somewhat educated employees do not sell M rated games to minors.

 

Seriously, what is this?  Is there some scare like they had with Anthrax that video games are going to be the bane of our existence?  A handful die from anthrax and the entire US went into a frenzy for no reason.  People are up in arms over video games yet they still are nowhere near something to take caution of.  Now we have people wasting MORE money to try to get something passed...THATS ALREADY BEING DONE.  Ugh.  The ESRB does what it does voluntarily, and yet almost every company that releases games in the US goes through them.  It's become an unspoken standard, pretty much.  Yet here we sit with geriatrics, extremists, and ignorant fill-in-the-blanks with a degree in knowing what's "best for the people".

 

If I had any right and ability to debate these people, I wouldn't hesitate one second.  I've gathered more than enough information in my time of researching this and it's just disappointing to see what seems like a one sided arguement.  Why haven't the ESRB and the video game companies pushed back...said "look, we're already doing this for christ's sake, now sit down and shut up"?  Watch, I'll call the next one.  There's going to be a person trying to pass a law that game retailers, as well as the creators of a game, can be fined if a juvenile commits a crime and has a game that is rated Mature, as that surely has something to do with it.  I don't want it, but I call it.  Just watch.

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

If the one-line description of the law in the article is accurate, then you're missing something important - there can be no homebrew video games sold anymore.  It would be illegal for an individual to make a dumb little cell phone game and sell it as shareware for $1 unless you shell out the cash to get it rated by the ESRB.

Of course, then you get into the argument of what, exactly, constitutes a "video game"?  Would be illegal to host flash-based games on a site that charges member fees, even if the games themselves are free?

Re: U.S. Senator Introduces Video Game Rating Legislation

The site wouldn't even have to charge a fee.  The law seems to say "DISTRIBUTION or sale".  So it would be illegal to have any flash games at all on your website (if minors had access to it).

 
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