Michigan Gaming Law Killed

GameDaily BIZ has word on the demise of Michigan's recently passed (story) legislation that made it illegal to sell Mature or Adult rated video games to minors. The law was put on hold by a temporary restraining order shortly before it was to take effect (story), but now has been hit with a permanent injunction on Constitutional grounds, with the presiding judge specifically citing the lack of actual correlation between violent games and actual violence:
Although the federal government is still pushing for the CDC to investigate the effects of all electronic media on children, there is still no evidence of a direct link between violence in video games and real-life violence acted out by kids or teens. Regarding studies cited by the state in support of the bill, Judge Steeh said, "Dr. (Craig) Anderson's studies have not provided any evidence that the relationship between violent video games and aggressive behavior exists... The research not only fails to provide concrete evidence that there is a connection between violent media and aggressive behavior, it also fails to distinguish between video games and other forms of media."

While certain politicians and anti-game activists have also suggested that games are far worse for children than other media because they offer interactive, not passive experiences, the district court once again shot down this notion. "...it could just as easily be said that the interactive element in video games acts as an outlet for minors to vent their violent or aggressive behavior, thereby diminishing the chance they would actually perform such acts in reality....Not only does the Act not materially advance the state's stated interest, but it appears to discriminate against a disfavored 'newcomer' in the world of entertainment media. Thus, 'singling out' the video game industry does not advance the state's alleged goal," concluded Judge Steeh.

Naturally, the ESA couldn't be happier with the court's ruling. The organization also said that it would seek reimbursement from Michigan for its legal fees, a move it also recently took with the state of Illinois.
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Apr 5, 2006, 09:18
 
Sepharo, you make sense.
Sam, you're completely wrong.

The average age of a FPS violent game is 13-35, and mostly made up in the 16-24 bracket.

If I had a 15yr old son that wanted GTA: anything, I'd tell him that at 16, I would begin to look at his maturity level vs. adult material. At 16, I'd talk to him about porn, sex, drugs, alcohol, games, movies, and whatever else he wanted to talk about at a more even eye-level. I'd still be his dad, but I'd begin to be less parental & more advising friend.

At 18, even more so. At 21, all bets are off. So from 22 onward, he would hear man to man advice.

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But you know, all that means nothing. At 16, I was old enough to make my own money & buy my own shit. I don't need mommy or daddy, and your gamespot ass isn't gonna stop me from buying anything in that store.

Bad parents & Bad kids is the EXACT REASON that we need a good law to enforce ratings.

And bull, fucking, shit about all the money it would take, blah blah blah. It doesn't cost hundreds of millions of anything. All you do is fine everyone the same way we do with minors purchasing alcohol. Those fines are heavy. How would you like to have a 7-11 paycheck & have to pay a $800 fine because you sold a beer to a 20 year old. YOU CHECK ID & if you didn't before, YOU DO NOW!

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