February 23, 2021 The ESA has issued a press release on the proposed Illinois laws.
A rash of carjackings in Chicago over the previous 12 months has, after all, led some to level fingers at violent videogames. Now, an Illinois lawmaker needs to amend a state restriction on promoting violent video games to minors in order that it will ban the sale of violent video games to anybody – and would outline depictions of motorized vehicle theft as violence.
Following the unique publication of this text, a consultant of the Leisure Software program Affiliation, the US recreation business’s largest commerce affiliation, reached out with the next assertion: “Whereas our business understands and shares the issues about what has been taking place in Chicago, there merely is not any proof of a hyperlink between interactive leisure and real-world violence. We consider the answer to this advanced downside resides in analyzing totally the precise elements that drive such behaviors moderately than erroneously ascribing blame to videogames based mostly solely upon hypothesis.”
Illinois’s legal code of 2012 restricts the sale of violent video games to minors, with a fantastic of $1,000 USD as punishment. Democratic State Consultant Marcus Evans Jr. has launched HB3531, which might ban gross sales of violent video games outright. The invoice would additionally modify the definition of ‘violent’ to “embrace psychological hurt and baby abuse, sexual abuse, animal abuse, home violence, violence in opposition to ladies, or motorized vehicle theft with a driver or passenger current contained in the automobile when the theft begins.”
There have been 1,417 reported carjackings in Chicago in 2020, double the quantity that occurred a 12 months earlier than, because the Chicago Solar-Occasions stories. It’s been a sufficiently big situation to immediate efforts like Operation Secure Pump, which has a personal safety agency posting guards at native gasoline stations as a deterrent.
“The invoice would prohibit the sale of a few of these video games that promote the actions that we’re affected by in our communities,” Evans tells the Solar-Occasions. He provides that video games like Grand Theft Auto have “change into an enormous situation on this spectrum. While you examine the 2, you see harsh similarities because it pertains to these carjackings.”
The modification would additionally repeal a bit of the prevailing legal code which requires retailers to show a two-inch ’18’ label on all violent video games. (I’ve to imagine that’s disappearing as a result of it was by no means enforced.)
It’s 2021, and right here I’m, writing about efforts to ban violent videogames. For those who’d advised me a decade that we’d nonetheless be speaking about politicians attempting guilty greater issues on videogames, nicely… I suppose I’d need to consider you, as a result of perhaps nothing ever actually modifications.