Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Government Needs Even More Warnings and Fines

The Governator recently signed a bill that requires “violent” video games to carry a special label and makes it illegal to sell them to children under 18. (What about children over 18?) The word violent is open to interpretation… Is Lego Star Wars violent? You can hack off Lego limbs with your Lego Light Saber… I hope we can keep that out of kids’ hands, so they don’t get any ideas and start mutilating their Lego figures.

But really, why should the government stop there? I think when they are judging whether they deem content fits their definition of “violent”, they should also deem whether a game is good or not. The punishment should be the same for selling a bad game as it is for selling a violent game to consumers. I propose that retailers would face the $1000 if they sell a bad game to a consumer. Isn’t that also a horrible infraction that we should be worried about? The government should do us all a favor and keep their idea of a bad game out of our hands as well as keeping their idea of a violent game out of our children’s hands.

Why stop there? Why are video games singled out? Why not do this for music and movies? If a retailer sells a copy of N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” that has the hit song “F--k Tha Police” or NOFX’s “So Long and Thanks for all the Shoes” featuring “Murder the Government” to a 10 year old kid, shouldn’t they be fined $1000? I’m betting a ton of retailers have sold copies of “The Matrix” to 14 year olds. In “The Matrix”, the protagonists are terrorists that slaughter a bunch of innocent security guards. No one’s complaining about that! But perhaps more importantly, if a retailer sells copy of “The Sign” by Ace of Base or “From Justin to Kelly” they definitely deserve to be punished!


Anonymous SoulBrotherRool said...

Let's not forget about movies. I bought Evil Dead and Day of the Dead at Circuit City. Both are banned from TV (I think...) and I bought them without the clerk saying anything about them besides "Oh, Evil Dead is a great film," and "Have a nice day!"

Theaters have rated "R" movies that I can't buy tickets to, but I can always buy a rated "PG" or "PG-13" movie ticket and sneak into an "R" one. People don't check the stubs.

I think games should be like HBO. You ordered it, you got it.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The BIG G said...

I haven't gotten a chance to see either film yet (even though Evil Dead is a classic), but I think it's safe to say that either film will definitely turn you into a mass murderer just like violent video games. I'm pretty sure Jack Thompson has scientifically proven it! So, I'll start checking the papers for your name since soon you'll start slaughtering orphans because you saw some R rated movies and played M video games. Despite playing Mortal Kombat as a child at age 10 or something like that, I haven't killed anyone... Yet!

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Jubal_Harshaw said...

I'm getting sick of all this bollocks about 'protecting our children' and whatnot.
First Jack Thompson and his bullshit in the US and now Ofcom (gov watchdog in the UK) has decided that showing adult things just after the 9 pm watershed isn't acceptable. You have to wait until 9.30pm. This is government logic.

And, besides, my parents used to let me watch anything I wanted to, play anything I wanted to and didn't monitor my computer use at all. Hence, my adolescent years were spent downloading porn from bulletin boards and playing the bloodiest games of the day.

Now, I've never killed or raped anyone or commited a crime of any sort. I spend my spare time working on a volunteer basis at the local animal shelter, where I am known for my compassion.

I always get sad when we can't find a puppy a home and I have to kick it to death.

8:11 AM  
Anonymous SoulBrotherRool said...

You know, I just watched Saw II and it gave me a good idea. How about making a game thats so violent, it doesn't make people want to kill? :)

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will someone thing of the children? Video games are corrupting our nation's youth. We need the government to step in and tell us what we should watch and how we should think. It's for your own protection!!

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we must keep the nation safe! that's the reason behind those evil plastic covers over computer parts now, where you need to get a fucking huge knife just to hack your way into it, and you still cut yourself up on the plastic.

Sooner or later, they'll just give it to us in a sealed glass cube. we won't get to use it, just look at it. that'll be the ultimate safety tool

1:05 PM  

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