Thursday, March 09, 2006

Senate approves video game study

Democrats Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Hillary Clinton of New York and Dick Durbin of Illinois persuaded a Senate committee to approve a sweeping study of the "impact of electronic media use" to be organized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.

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. (CNET

It's amazed me the justifications that judges have used to strike down the sale of explicit video games to minors. State after state has failed in its attempt to limit sales. And with the industry unwilling to help (I imagine they like those illicit sales) I guess it's up to the feds.

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