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Gov't Considering Game ID Bill

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Posted May 8, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

In spite of the below story in which game retailers seems to be doing really well with the current industry-supported, voluntary rating system for videogames, Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Jim Matheson (D-UT) introduced the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act into the House of Representatives. If passed, the law would force retailers to check ID for those purchasing M-rated games.

Retailers caught selling M-rated titles to minors will be subjected to a $5,000 fine from the Federal Trade Commission.

Here's some of what they said:

"The images and themes in some video games are shocking and troublesome. In some games high scores are often earned by players who commit 'virtual' murder, assault and rape. Many young children are walking into stores and are able to buy or rent these games without their parents even knowing about it," said Rep. Terry. "This bill requires an ID check before certain games are sold to an individual. This ensures that children can only access age appropriate content without parental permission. Families and children everywhere deserve the protection this legislation will provide."

ArsTechnica: ID, please: Bill would mandate carding for M-rated game buys

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