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A conservative advocacy group that specializes in filing content complaints to the FCC isn't a big fan of the Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association decision.
As I'm sure you're aware, earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law barring the sale of violent video games to children on first amendment grounds. The 7-2 decision has irked groups like the Parents Television Council, which has made its mark by monitoring television programming for indecency and filing complaints with the FCC when it comes across a show it deems lewd and lascivious. PTC president Tim Winter issued the following statement in the aftermath of the ruling:
“When an industry trade group files a federal lawsuit to defend a child’s constitutional rights, the alarm bells should be deafening. It is hard to imagine a more cynical proposition. Sadly, today’s ruling proves the United States Supreme Court heard the video game industry loud and clear, but turned a deaf ear to concerned parents. The Court has provided children with a Constitutionally-protected end-run on parental authority.
“This ruling replaces the authority of parents with the economic interests of the video game industry. With no fear of any consequence for violating the video game industry’s own age restriction guidelines, retailers can now openly, brazenly sell games with unspeakable violence and adult content even to the youngest of children.“The carefully-worded California statute would not have interfered in any way with the rights of the creators of adult games or the adults who wish to buy them; and in fact, it would not interfere with parents who wanted to purchase such a game for their children. Rather, the measure only would have prevented an unaccompanied minor child from buying or renting the product. “Countless independent studies confirm what most parents instinctively know to be true: repeated exposure to violent video games has a harmful and long-term effect on children. Despite these troubling findings, video game manufacturers have fought tooth and nail for the ‘right’ to line their pockets at the expense of America’s children. Today, the Supreme Court sided with them and against parents. “We call on the Entertainment Merchants Association to redouble its efforts for increased enforcement of the industry’s age-based vending restrictions. The Federal Trade Commission and the PTC’s own ‘Secret Shopper’ campaigns have routinely demonstrated an abysmal failure rate for video game retailers to uphold the industry’s own age-based restrictions. With the exception of GameStop, many in the video game industry appear to be either unwilling or unable to prevent the sale of M-rated games to kids. Now with no threat of consequence for failure, we are concerned that the self-regulatory efforts will be violated in even greater numbers than they already are. We will be monitoring this very closely.“The Parents Television Council is proud of its unwavering support for California State Senator Leland Yee’s leadership and legislative efforts to protect children. We will continue to use all the resources within our power to call out unscrupulous retailers. If the federal courts won’t stand for parents, then we hope the court of public opinion will.”
What's your take? Is it too much to expect parents to be actively involved in the purchasing decisions of their children?
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I've been playing games since I was 7 or so. I started off with street fighter, doom, quake, earthworm jim, etc. As time has gone on, more and more violent games have been released and have pushed the boundary between adult and child appropriate games. I agree that some (very sheltered) people may have long lasting effects from dismembering a demon or watching a person explode into pink mist. I speak for myself in saying that it's not virtual reality. I don't have trouble distinguishing that a game is fake and that life has a different set of rules. That's why we play games, isn't it? To leave the boredom of life for a little entertainment?
Anyway, I agree that some games should never fall into the hands a children of a certain age. That's why I think it falls onto the parents. How long can these people hide behind laziness and pretend that they are ignorant on how to research the content of a game? It's not that hard. If you've heard of google, it's possible - believe me. For those who haven't heard of this miraculous browser, or the internet, they have no business owning a system in the first place. I think it falls on the parents and their awarness. If the son or daughter is old enough to purchase games themselves, then all the parents need to do is check in on them. You know - be involved with their spawn and all that. Crazy stuff.
Im 11 and Ive seen arguments about TV control; And I have to say is "PARENT KEEP YOUR FREAKIN Kids in check!"
PTC gets pissy about everything. They are pissy people, like Tipper Gore and her band of cultists. They probably are a group of dragons from the land of Fereldan come to tell parents how to take care of their kids. Everyone knows a 14 year old playing GTA will become a psychotic serial killer who smokes pot. Basically they need to take a chall pall. And now im bored of typing.
I dont think parerents have a say in what the kids buy as long as the kids are of the age 8 or older the parerents shouldnt be concered about this kinda thing ...once ur child turns 13 they r no longer a child they are practaly a young adult and they should have a right to choose what ever video games they want without ther parerent but yes kids from maby 6-8 should have a parent to choose what is right but when ther 13 or 15 its not very fair for them to playing baby games that say 10 and up...now if they like them thats fine but u shouldnt restict them because they want to buy games that they like more....if parernts choose games for teenagers ...u know what that teen will do they will ether throw it away when they get home or steal a game from the store beacuse they want it that bad...BE RESPONSABLE PARERENTS and listen to ur kids just beacuse it has violence or sexual themes dosnt mean its any different then watching a pg-13 movie...its just u get to play it and not only watch it...PARERENTS NEED TO GROW UP AND LISTEN TO THER CCHILDREN !! if they dont well its hard to say how they are gonna grow up they might steal things...they might never see u when they move out...because kids and teens can remember what ther parernts did when they dont get what they want and they can hold a grudge for a very long time...so parerents its time for u to act like adults and not worry so much about what ur kids are seeing and work on the actions that u are presenting to them !!
srry dude govt do not need to tell me what to do
This has been said a lot, but I'll say it again: Parents protect what their children see, not censorship. Down with censorship, up with responsible parenting, please and thank you.
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