Utah Rep. Jim Matheson
Utah Rep. Jim Matheson

And now it’s 3 legislative hits against video games in 2 days.  Utah Rep. Jim Matheson penned another act to make it a criminal offense to sell any game rated by the ESRB as M or AO to anyone under the age of 17 and 18 respectively.  Additionally, it would make it a legal requirement that all games have an ESRB rating.  So, keeping in mind that the ESRB is voluntary system, that every game publisher abides by anyway (indie games are an entirely different beast), this seems un-needed and silly.  Its even more interesting to note that according to the FTC, the compliance with the age rating on video games is higher than compliance with the ratings for music and movies.  For those wondering, there’s no law mandating that movies have to be rated, or that music has to be rated — nor is there a law requirement the enforcement of the ratings.  Just saying…

And yet, this seems like an appropriate venue to spend taxpayer money to someone.  Similar laws have been struck down repeatedly in other states, and this one is strikingly similar to Brown vs. EMA which had a Supreme Court ruling such a law is unconstitutional.  It boggles the mind.  The chances of this bill becoming anything other than a money sink is slim to none.  But  at least it’s nice to know that people still blame video games for all the world’s wrongs, and come up with solutions that I don’t have a problem.

Via: The Escapist