Michigan's Violent Gaming Law

Granholm Signs New Laws to Protect Children from Violent and Sexually-Explicit Video Games (thanks bandersnatch) has word on a new law in Michigan to take effect in December making it illegal to sell Mature or Adult rated video games to children:
LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today signed legislation that that will make the sale or rental of mature or adult-rated video games to children illegal. The new law applies to children age 17 and younger and will take effect on December 1, 2005.

“Making sure that our children are protected is an essential function of government,” Granholm said. “This new common-sense law is one more tool we can provide to help parents protect their children from the effects of violence and graphic adult content.”
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The thing that I fear is going to happen is that the politicians are going to see this law not working and use that as an excuse to argue that the industry is not capable of regulating itself. Then they'll use that as an excuse for government regulation of video games. Unfortunately, while the video game industry has lobbying power, they don't nearly have the power that other large industries (*cough*big oil*cough*) have. Why these politicians are so intent on supporting lazy parents who use television as a babysitter and then blame it for the way their kids turn out is beyond me. I guess they were probably the same.

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