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Initial post: Jan 17, 2013 11:11:34 AM PST
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GamePolitics has learned that a new video game labeling bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the wake of President Barack Obama's announcement that the CDC would study the effects of violent video games and other media, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has introduced bill H.R. 287, which would "require ratings label on video games" and "prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors."

While details on the bill have not been published - including co-sponsors (if any) or the actual text of the bill - we do know that it was introduced today and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The bill will likely contain the same or similar language found in the video game labeling act introduced by sponsors Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) last year.

We will have more on H.R. 287 as further details are revealed.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:13:06 AM PST
I guess none of the old white dudes decided to pick up a game and say "oh man we already do this".

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:13:32 AM PST
*sigh* They're gonna take my Night Trap away again, aren't they?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:14:23 AM PST
Well, as far as I know there actually isn't a federal law that prohibits Adult rated games to minors.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:14:27 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Don't they already do this....? lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:16:23 AM PST
FOGE says:
Yeah, thought theyd do this. Could. Not. Care. Less.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:16:43 AM PST
Bobbum Man says:
The ESRB does, not the Gov't.

But yes, games are still labeled exactly like he says.

As for selling to minors - I believe it's all store policy (or ESRB mandated). But if the Gov't passes this bill it would be illegal to sell to minors - much like tobacco and alcohol.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:17:28 AM PST
K Archer says:
Umm...what? The ratings are already on the covers, and I have to show ID to get M-Rated games still (its flattering that I look younger, but still, its been years since I was a teen...)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:17:48 AM PST
Would they set up stings where they send in a kid who tries to buy a CoD game and bust the clerk if the sale goes through?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:18:02 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Gotcha, makes sense. I wonder how COD sales would be like.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:18:33 AM PST
Bobbum Man says:
That would be great! And maybe less kids would play COD!!

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:19:14 AM PST
DVvM says:
Well, if "Adult games" means AO rated games, then yes the government can get away with it as most AO games are technically pornography, and pornography is not protected speech.

But if we're talking about M-rated games, then barring their sale to whomever the store wants to sell them to is unconstitutional, just like it would be unconstitutional to bar bookstores from selling, say, "The Anarchist's Cookbook" to minors.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:21:09 AM PST
K Archer says:
They'd have to do the same to R-rated movies, as the ratings are comparable for the most part.

And with the movie industry being so powerful...yeah, that's not going to happen...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:23:36 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
HUH????

"require ratings label on video games" - Video games already have ratings labels prominently displayed on the game's boxes.

"prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors." - Adult-only games are not sold in stores, and the retailers are supposed to I.D. minors if they want to purchase M-rated games. All the legislation in the world isn't gonna force retailers to adhere to it, though.

Taxpayer dollars hard at work here. /sarcasm

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:23:44 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Both the movie and vg industry being so big - I don't see it happening either.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:23:45 AM PST
Who hired these morons?!?!??

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:24:30 AM PST
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DVvM says:
Generally speaking we can rely on private retailers/exhibitors to bar access to things which are obviously objectionable to people who don't seem to qualify based on age. I'm not saying that people don't slip through the cracks, but most of the time this seems to be something that we can and should rely on private retailers/exhibitors to control. It's not like these things are heroin or anything, one exposure to an M-rated game, R-rated movie, or Parental Advisory Warning album isn't going to turn your little angel into a monster. We ought to be able to rely on parents actually paying attention to their kids as a safety net.

If one private entity is notorious for selling anything to anybody, they may need to face public pressure, but I don't see any reason for a law.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:25:12 AM PST
We did.

Hey, I commented before the last election that so long as we continue to support Democrats and Republicans then we are supporting incompetence.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:25:41 AM PST
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McAwesomeo says:
Apparently the voters in Utah.

Edit: Ninja'd.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:28:00 AM PST
And organized crime as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:33:08 AM PST
Frankenzubaz says:
Yes. Yes, they will.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:38:17 AM PST
Keller says:
"require ratings label on video games" and "prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors."

I am all for this. It should have happened years ago.

*runs away, runs very far away*

Sorry, I know nobody agrees with me. But such is life.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 11:42:40 AM PST
Emily Sedai says:
Won't somebody please save the children from ourselves??

Hopefully they can soon change underage video games into the equivalent of modern playgrounds that kids stop going to at age 4 because they're so @#$ing lame... lol

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:45:30 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 11:47:52 AM PST
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JJ4prez says:
Exactly, if this goes through, people won't make as many mature rated games - or it would be toned back so much to be teen or under rated. There goes all the good games.
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