It’s bad enough that more and more states are jumping on the ban-violent-video-games-to-minors bandwagon in spite of the fact that similar legislative attempts have already been overturned in several states, but now State Sen. Tommy Kilby in Tennessee wants to ban violent video games completely in his state:
Kilby says he put the bill together after getting feedback from concerned parents and law enforcement officials.
The bill states games depicting violence against anyone including authority figures, such as police, should be outlawed.
Well that should eliminate 90% of the games available in Tennessee. Even games like Katamari Damacy, which was rated E for Everyone, had violence against people in it—including Police officers (they’d shoot at your katamari helplessly as you rolled over top of them, muhwahahahahahahaha!). You ran them over with a big ball of junk you’d picked up and then launched their asses into outer space to be turned into a star! Mario has more than a few games where he and others engage in violence against each other. Looks like it’s nothing but Tetris and The Bible Game for folks in Tennessee.
Which, honestly, is probably what they deserve for living in Tennessee in the first place. OK, I’m kidding. The chances are this bill will die a death not unlike the others, but that doesn’t mean some folks aren’t upset about it:
But one gamer says the bill would violate his First Amendment rights.
“It all comes down to parenting. This is not the place of legislature to choose what I as a 32-year-old male am able to play,” Dave Roland says.
Hey, that sounds like me! Except my name’s not Dave. Or Roland. And I don’t live in Tennessee. Thankfully.
Anyway, Kilby has said his bill would have to be amended to outline enforcement(!) and set an age at which such games would be appropriate for folks to buy/rent/play. So not only is the bill stupid, but it’s incomplete? Who voted for this idiot?