- May 24, 2008
The California bill wasn't like that at all. Everyone just assumes it was without even bothering to read a description of it. Not that I'm blaming you, I'm sure that's what you heard.ultimateownage said:"Enforceable by law"
Wasn't that basically the whole idea behind California's bill? If that was all that was behind it, and it probably wasn't, then it was a silly thing to get offended by.
And actually, that kind of law would create a constitutional shitstorm. We would have to totally rethink what freedom of speech means and how it is enforced in America. Plus, it would be a colossal waste of time. Our system works perfectly despite being 100% voluntary. Why mess that up?
Legally, sure. The police can't stop them. But if a twelve year old can find someone actually willing to sell them Grand Theft Auto, they might as well pick up some beer and cigarettes instead while they have the chance.Rorschach II said:Wait, ESRB are only advisory? Does that mean a 12 year old kid in America would be able to purchase Grand Theft Auto?
That's pretty awesome. (Or not... I'm really not sure if I should be scared by that or not)
That's just it- in the U.S., it's not illegal for a 12 year old to watch a mature film. Over here, art is intentionally not regulated. Government regulation would mean video games are not protected art. As discussed above, we have alternative measures in place to restrict minors from mature material. They are very effective.Grouchy Imp said:Actually, having a BBFC rating over here protects games as art. The BBFC (or British Board of Film Classification) clearly sees games alongside films in terms of regulation. Movies and films have long been recognised as an artform, and the BBFC's belief that games fall into the same category is at the very least a vote of confidence. I don't know how rating works over the pond but over here it is just as illegal for a 12 year old to watch a 15 rated film as it is for the same kid to play an 15 rated game. And surely for games to be held up to the same standards as other artforms is what gamers are after.
And say what you like, at least that gives the industry some protection when some fruit-loop decides to go psycho and it's discovered that he once owned a copy of Fuzzy's World of Miniature Space Golf.