Enetertainment Software Association to sue Minnesota

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  1. Eric

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    Wow. You are NOT gonna believe this folks. The article speaks for itself.

    http://wii.ign.com/articles/711/711515p1.html

     
  2. MegaMoonMan

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    I live here and I've never heard of that.

    Kind of a stupid idea. Maybe fine the parents that buy/rent the games for their kids, now we're talking.

    Seems scummy one the part of the ESA too. Sue because kids won't be allowed to play games they shouldn't be playing anyway?
     
  3. Valkysas

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    yeah, it's pretty retarded. They dont want kids buying the games, which is why they pressure retailers to enforce the ratings. then they sue when they make a law that forces stores to enforce the ratings.

    I'm guessing various game publishers are pressuring them into doing it.
     
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    The point is that the state shouldn't tell anyone what is appropriate or what isn't. The state shouldn't fine for what is effectively censorship. It's the parents problem to enforce what their child sees. This law is just plain censorship.
     
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    So a retailer is supposed to either sell or rent the game to a known minor, then turn around and collect a fine from that kid instead of simply saying no you're too young go away you bother me? Yeah, good luck.
     
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    Then kids should be allowed to buy Penthouse and Playboy magazines. Same silly logic.
     
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    Actually the logic is it's the parent's responibility to keep penthouse out of little billy's hands not the State or Federal Goverment...
     
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    Oh, I agree, but them trying to to use the excuse of violating the Child's First amendment rights. Which confuses me. Fining a child for buying a video game that isn't meant for them isn't restricting their free speech, right to assemble, or right to petition, nor does it give the govt. a right to establish a religion.

    My question is, which store clerk would knowingly allow a child to buy a porn magazine. And if they do allow it, who is punished? What if a cop catches you buying drugs? Or you are underage and buy and consume alcohol?

    My point is, buying M rated video games as a minor, or for a minor should be considered illegal with both the merchant and the buyer held responsible. Just with every other purchase that has an age limit, or is all together illegal.

    This first amendment crap is no excuse.
     
  9. Wing alpha

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    well this is gonna end badly due censorship.

    Interesting nevertheless-thank god for drivers licenses-people say I look like I was fiftinish cuz Im really short
     
  10. Shin-Gouki

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    What it comes down too is the idiot that wrote a law punishing the wrong people. Who gets punished when an Underaged person is sold Alcohol or Smokes? the RETAILER, not the kid, infact I don't think you can fine the kids, the parents yes but not the kids.
     
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    In effect if you fine the child, most likely you are fining the parent. This silly law was written because they don't enforce the retailer being held responsible.

    This law will be even more difficult to enforce then holding the retailer soley responsible. That is the dumbest part.
     
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    I'm all for making it illegal for kids to purchase M rated games. The responsibility for making sure that it doesn't happen has to fall on the parents and the store clerks though. And I mean really, when a store can program their registers to prompt the cashier to ask for an ID how much thinking do you have to do at that point. You ask for the ID, look at the date and see if they are old enough or not. They could even make those date pads that say if you weren't born before this date you can't purchase an M rated game, just like they have with cigarettes at gas stations.
     

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