Video game censorship pollutes Boston

Menino video game banUgh. More of this crap, but now it’s hitting closer to home (as least for David and me).

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is backing HB1423, a Massachusetts bill sponsored by Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry, according to GamePolitics.com. The Massachusetts legislature will be holding a hearing for the bill on Tuesday. Like some of the other bills before it that aim to restrict the sale of violent games to minors, HB1423 would essentially classify digital bloodshed in the same legal category as pornography.


This was all over the morning news programs here in Beantown, which is unfortunate. We can lobby for and build casinos without a second thought, but video games dey gots to go!

Here’s free advice that I’ve been giving ever since Jack Thompson started his pathetic schtick against video games: It’s called parenting. Do it.

10 Responses to Video game censorship pollutes Boston

  1. Cephas says:

    So the Mayor’s backing this? So what? Correct me if I’m wrong, but mayors can’t make laws. And so what if this passed in Boston? Couldn’t you just head out to a suburb?

  2. Rabbitduck says:

    Blah. I wish politicians would focus on more important things than all of these video game laws. Seems pretty distracting from more urgent issues. Ridiculous.

  3. InvisibleMan says:

    And, of course, realistic bloodshed in movies and TV don’t count…

    This is what politicians do when they want to appear as if they are doing something, but don’t want to hurt any powerful lobbists.

  4. @InvisibleMan – you’re absolutely right and it’s sickening. When politicians ban things just to make themselves look good they should be banned from public office.

    games, music, assault rifles (who uses assault rifles to rob a 7-11? The playstation 2 did a better job of curbing violence) , lead solder (great, the crap they replaced lead with is more toxic and fails more rapidly)

    Menino is on my blacklist for life now.

  5. Derek B. says:

    We have nothing better to do?

    The economy is essentially shot, the dollar is weaker than Pit’s smash attack in Brawl, we are stuck in a seemingly endless war that is costing hundreds of billions of dollars, not to mention we are facing some of the most pressing education, health care and energy problems in our history.

    And yet we have nothing better to do than pick on video games?

    Absolutely pathetic. Whatever happened to blaming parents when kids buy/play/see something they shouldn’t? My parents didn’t want me to play Mortal Kombat for the SNES when I was a young teenager, and guess what? I didn’t play that damn game until I moved out.

    You know. Parenting. The only REAL firewall between inappropriate content and children. Or at least, it should be.

  6. Greentorpeedo says:

    Yet another reason to move up here to New Hampshire. It’s on our lisence plates “Live free or die”.

  7. InvisibleMan says:

    And you know what the funniest thing is? There hasn’t been a single study yet that proves any connection between video games and teenage violence, let alone any causal relationship!

    Plus, these politicians seem to always overlook the little well-known fact that teenage violence has decreased since the year video games started appearing, so even if there ever was a study that did find a causal relashionship between video games and teenage violence, it would show the exact opposite of what these politicians and the media are saying: that violent video games actually reduce violence in kids!

  8. argus says:

    Why do you readers really have a problem with this bill? It’s not attempting to outlaw violent video games – it just wants to prevent kids from getting them. Parenting is important, but there have always been laws regarding what minors can’t do. Kids can’t legally get into a NC-17 movie, buy cigarettes, or buy beer. I don’t see anyone complaining about those laws.

    Admittedly, violent video games aren’t as bad for kids as some of those other things. But it depends on the game, and it depends on the age of the kid. I used to watch horror movies as a kid. While they didn’t make me violent, they did make me a little disturbed. I don’t think kids should be seeing images of suicide, for example.

    As games are beginning to deal with more serious issues, I think they should be held to the same standard as films. If this means outlawing the sale of adult games to minors, then I don’t have a problem with it. I DO think the bill is too vague and I don’t like the attitude it was written with – but I don’t have a problem with the overall stance. I’d like to see laws that are more specific and coincide with the ESRB ratings. We have a perfectly good rating system in place already, so why not enforce it?

    If video games are ever going to be given the same respect as films (i.e. appreciated as a valid art form), then we have to expect them to be regulated the same way.

  9. Poochy says:

    Jack, how does this bill affect YOU? Are you a minor?
    Why should any self-respecting gamer with an ounce of maturity bitch and moan about a bill that will prohibit the sale of violent video games to CHILDREN?

  10. InvisibleMan says:

    I thing that what is bothering us about this bill (for those who are bothered by it) is not its intention but the fact that politicians are fighting so earnestly about these frivolous issues while more important ones (such as arms control which would be more relevant on this topic) seem to fall off the table…

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