Even though the legislation - called the Children and Media Research Advancement Act - does not include restrictions, it appears to be intended as a way to justify them. That's because a string of court decisions have been striking down antigaming laws because of a lack of hard evidence that minors are harmed by violence in video games.
First signing her name to a flag-burning ban, and now this? Well, she's at least consistant in her attempts to destroy 1st Amendment rights. :P
P.S. Dear idiots pushing this legislation: LOOK AT THE FREAKING RATING right there on the front of the box of the video games your kid plays! if it says "Adults Only" (which the ESRB ratings do, in plain text) then do something about it. Talk to your kid, play the game yourself, or in the extreme take it away. How hard is that?
Is our nation really in such a wonderful state that the only thing our legislators have left to worry about is, "what if some dumb idiot saw violence in the media?? OH NOES!!!" Mindless reactionary Puritanism was old 200 years ago, and its relevance hasn't improved with age.
Funny how nobody seems to be proposing laws to ban kids from taking karate lessons. There's another activity very deeply rooted in explicitly learning how to be violent towards other people. And yet somehow the population at large seems to understand that when done with the correct attitude, it's both healthy and fun. Is it so hard to see that video games can be the same way?
Censors and morality cops are always whining about how you can beat up hookers in Grand Theft Auto. (Or, apparently even worse, actually have sex with them! Ahhh!!) Well let me tell you something. When you throw a punch at an average looking person on the streets in GTA, they run away screaming. When you start beating up a hooker, she hits back! I've been "killed" (which means you wake up at the hospital) in GTA by a pissed off hooker. The moral is pretty clear here: you'd better be prepared for a savage counter-smack if you take a swing at the working girls. They are NOT helpless. Now I admit that's a more radical women's empowerment message than most people can stomach. But is it really the kind of message that causes moral decay in children? I don't think so. "If you hit people, they will hit you back" is a pretty good lesson to learn. It teaches us why violence is not a solution to our problems.
Frankly, I just think the senators who trot out the flag burning and video game violence issues are straight up media whores. Legislation by idiots, for idiots. Guys, can you please do something useful with your life? For once? Just for a little change of pace? I'd suggest getting back to making a good case for impeachment, though that's just my personal agenda.
Which is not to say that I hold video game manufacturers innocent either. Of course they're out to make a buck, and will push the envelope as far as they think they can get away with. (Though I have to admit I recently did a huge WTF??? when GTA creators Rockstar Games announced their next big title would be, get this, PING PONG!)
But I think that laws that attempt to substitute government authority for parental authority are just plain misguided. And it seems a lot of gamer parents not only agree, but actively seek to play video games with their kids. Hell yeah! So maybe there's hope for humanity after all. Maybe all we REALLY need is a series of video games that teaches our kids that it's OK to brutally murder politicians. Yes, I can see it now. GTA: Capitol Hill. One of the missions can be to assassinate the president. With a sniper rifle. ;D That way everyone wins. Well, except the media whore politicians.