New York Videogame Bill Passes Senate In Four Days

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
New York Videogame Bill Passes Senate In Four Days

A bill in New York State intended to crack down on violence in videogames has moved from introduction to passage in only four short days.

Sponsored by Republican Senator Andrew Lanza, the bill is intended to reduce children's exposure to violent and "inappropriate" material in videogames, as well as establish an Advisory Council on Interactive Media and Youth Violence to review the current ESRB []rating system. The bill also calls for the creation of a Parent-Teacher Anti-Violence Awareness Program to "work with students and children on issues related to violence in videogames."

"The recent release of 'V-Tech Massacre,' a sick game which exploits the Virginia Tech University tragedy, is a painful reminder of the culture of violence which was severe consequences on our youth and society," said Senator Lanza, incorrectly referring to V-Tech Rampage. "The emotions and behaviors of our children are far too often shaped by the virtual reality of violent movies and videogames. It is imperative that we find a way to prevent these virtual realities from continuing to fuel and teach the violent behavior which is corrupting our youth. My bill will provide parents with important information about violent videogames so they are better able to make informed decisions."

Senator Lanza's bill, however, would have no effect on games such as Newgrounds [], and are therefore not subject to ESRB ratings. As well, some sections of the bill appear to contravene First Amendment regulations, leaving the law open to costly court challenges in the future.

The full text of the New York State Senate press release describing the passage of the bill is available here [].



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Nov 29, 2008
Well, what can I really say? We have a bunch of people who don't "get" that these are games made for adults, that it will encourage children who don't like to be told what to do to torrent pirated copies instead of borrowing them from older relatives, that the ESRB works better than any other rating system, that going only after games & not comics & movies makes it look like a scapegoat, & that gamers will consider this an overreaction & not vote for any of these people next term. It's just one great big empty gesture.

::Notices the topic was made in 2007. Wonders how it ended up on Latest News::