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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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So we have to be 18 to buy violent video games now? And since when could people overrule the SUPREME COURT?
The PTC's cause has already been realized by the ESRB, they're wasting their time with the California law that was thrown down by the court today in favor of the EMA. It seems to me like they really do have nothing better to do than try at what has already been done. They would be better off hunting child predators than attacking a reputable industry.
You know, maybe the parents associated with PTC should learn about a little thing called parenting. Don't expect the world to cater to individual needs, because you're too lazy to raise your own kids.
Concerned parents should be concerned about raising their kids rather than trying to goad the government into doing it. I'm a parent and the last thing I want is the government taking care of my kid or telling me how to raise him.
For that matter, I also don't want the government anywhere near my personal freedoms, personal choices, in my wallet, or in my healthcare.
Parents must be responsible. However, you must not force laws on parents and teach them how to be a parent. People don't liked to be forced into things.
"heard the video game industry loud and clear, but turned a deaf ear to concerned parents."
Yes, because the parents are too lazy to be responsible. Tool.
...this makes no *** sense 9 out of 10 times the person which buys the video game for the kid is the parent...
Ooooh, Oooooh, I have an idea!
ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILDREN PLAY!
I mean, if you are so concerned about it, just monitor it. You are responsible for what your children watch and play, as well as themselves, NOT THE GOVERNMENT.
As a parent and a gamer... I still gotta side with the community. The PTC is full of so much crap.
Headline: Parents Television Council Against New Ruling Which Forces Them To Actually Be Parents.
So now parents are like "Oh no, now we actually have to spend 2 seconds looking at the corner of the box to see the rating and turning it around to see why!" because they are so lazy that they need an app to tell them a game rating.
Thank god my parents were responsible. And good work GameStop, for being there to enforce the ratings.
Wow. There are so many things wrong with this release. :/
People are too quick to put something into law. Retailers already do a good job checking ID for games already; there was no reason to make a whole law about it.
Lastly, it may just be only my opinion, but KIDS WANT ADULT STUFF. That's just how it is. They look at porn, they read it, they watch gory slasher flicks, etc. It's not that they need to be protected from it, because they're GOING to find it. They need to be educated, not sheltered.
You don't come up with more laws for something that is already regulated and has laws just because people aren't obeying the original laws. You simply enforce the ones you have.
So parents shouldn't be held responsible for what their kids buy. Hmm here's a thought how about you actually teach your kids right from wrong instead of teaching them nothing and blaming video games or tv for your kids problems. Yeah its sounds pretty impossible but if my parents did it for me then I know everyone else can do it.
I know this has already been said a lot but for once parents should except responsibly for their kids many things say M 17+ maybe parents should learn to read this and realize that its not for their 8 year old kid