Government gets much tougher on violent games.
Unfortunately, big government is attempting to restrict violent videogames, but this time with rock-hard laws. Recently in Indianapolis, a bill was passed, effectively banning minors from playing violent titles at the arcade, forcing arcade owners to clearly label violent and sexually explicit games, and place these games at least ten feet from nonviolent coin-ops. Call me bleak, but I don't think this ten feet is going to make the difference between civic bliss and anarchy.
U.S. District Judge David Hamilton talked to the press recently, and among his comments was the concern that (in effect) these titles have the power to violently influence a child's future. I find this hard to swallow, when far more violent content is being forced down kids' throats in the form of literature in high school. At any rate, random checks as to the law's enforcement takes place today (10.13.00), and each violation will cost the guilty business $200, and businesses who violate the new law three times will see their amusement license revoked.
10/12/2000 Bryan Keers