Indiana game bill stalls

Legislation to keep minors from buying or renting violent games misses key deadline, fails to get a vote.

A game-restriction bill recently proposed in the Indiana Senate has stalled for the year, according to a report in The Indianapolis Star. The state's part-time Senate must adjourn on March 14 this year, and Senate Bill 135 missed a deadline to pass the first round of legislative action yesterday. The measure isn't necessarily dead, however. It never actually received a vote in the Senate, and violent-gaming restrictions could be tacked onto another piece of legislation, or proposed again next year.

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PantsOfFury
PantsOfFury

Look, if my country can tell me I can't legally drink alcohol until I'm 3 years older, I don't think I'll care if they say a bunch of 12 year olds can't play GTA and Online FPS's . 'sides, your parents can still buy it for you, YOU can't.

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

i think that violent games won't have a dramatic affect of kids in the elementry/middle school age range as long as the parent sits down and talks over the violence in the games and settles that with their kids, i grew up on goldeneye GTA1 and 2, and am now playing fear, and san andreas, and you know what i'm fine because my parents gave me the talk and put it all in perspective. it's the same thing for adult themed movies and music, do restrict your kids just teach them talk to them and they should listen, if not then games aren't the problem.

thekey
thekey

An this is the land of the free right? (Its not up to the parents any more I guess its up to the state)

thekey
thekey

An this is the land of the free right? (Its not up to the parents any more I guess its up to the state)

brandyinindiana
brandyinindiana

Well, I live in Indiana, and I think it's ridiculous that people are making such a big deal over video games...I'm almost 20 and I still get carded when I go into places like Target or Meijer and try to buy an "adult" video game. Not because I look that young, but because they HAVE to card me. It may not be like that everywhere in Indiana, but around here, the only way a kid is getting ahold of GTA, etc. is if their parents buy it for them, which is then their fault when they see the violence in them, not the store's or the kid's even.

Iron-Dragon
Iron-Dragon

Seeing as how I live in Indiana, this is good news.

Viquist
Viquist

The point isn't whether or not M-Rated games should be sold to people under 17 or 18 - the point is who should be restricting those sales.... and IMO it should be the parents, not the government. Parents who don't want to be involved in their kids activities and make sure they aren't buying/playing/watching things they don't deem appropriate shouldn't be a parent in the first place. I know that in today's world you can't always be there all the time watching everything your kids do but you can be informed about things enough (a few minutes a night on the net or at a library with your kids) to know what you will and won't buy for your kids or what you will and won't let them buy. True, I think retailers should card (and a lot of them have started since all this mess) but when we honestly think about the kids that we don't want playing these games they are under driving age. Therefore, they can't get there and get the game without an adult or parent to drive them.... therefore, it's still on the parents to know about the game, or look at the ratings and why it's rated that way before they buy it because their kid says they want it. If the parents don't want that responsibility then they don't need to be parents. In Closing, Parents should be parents for their kids instead of politicians being parents for your kids.... And games don't kill people, stupid people kill people (like guns don't kill people, stupid people with guns kill people)

VFA-102
VFA-102

I don't mind the age restriction. They regulate porn, so why not. Maybe if this happens then the companies can really push the envelope with a lot more adult content in the games. That way game publishers can say, look, you have an age restriction in your state, so why are you suing? I will say though that the "hot coffee" lawsuit is ridiculous. The game was rated mature. If parent's bought their kids this game, well, tough s***. Maybe they should start paying attention to their kids are playing instead of blaming a game company for having content in a game the parent's had no buisness buying for or letting their kid's buy.

Elkoman
Elkoman

they prolly missed the deadline cause they were too caught up in playing those violent video games! hahahaha

Goze
Goze

God, when will these stupid political people quit???? It makes me so frustrated...

devequth
devequth

No matter how you try to legislate video games, nothing can be done about lazy parents. ALL the issues with videogames and minors come down to the parents not doing their job. I am lucky enough to be a gamer and a parent so I am involved in what my kids play, but even if I didn't play, it is still MY job, not some guy at a counter to know what is appropriate for my kid. As for online, same deal. If as a parent, you aren't paying attention to what you kid(s) are up to online and they are exposed to whatever is out there, it is your fault.

solitare42
solitare42

It's really no surprise that local and federal government is starting to step in and restrict game sales to minors. look at the movie business. if you're under 17, you can't see R rated films without a parent. you can't buy R rated DVDs either. the reason for this is simple. you wouldn't want an 8 year old watching pulp fiction. so it goes without reason that you wouldn't want an 8 year old playing San Andreas. I don't exactly agree with all the latest political crap that's come up around games but, some level of restriction does make sense. if parents don't pay attention to what their kids are watching and playing then someone has to. sadly, that someone is going to be the last person we gamers want it to be. The United States Federal Government. if we gamers continue to sit back and let local politicians make these choices for us, the days of great sandbox games or innovative adult titles are numbered.

rhalla
rhalla

It shouldn't be up to the govenment to relegate what a child plays. THAT IS WHAT PARENTS ARE FOR! Passing a law stating a kid can't buy the game won't stop said kid from playing it. If an adult buys it and brings it home then leaves it where the kid can access it you had better believe they will be playing it. Don't you just love it when the kid does something wrong and the parents have the nerve to blame it on the video games. I know I don't. Parents need to take responsibility and know what these kids are playing/watching. Our govenment has better things to do than to try and babysit our kids. I agree with you all about the whinny kids on Xbox live. Yet, it isn't just that system either. I find it on online gaming too. mmm...maybe the gaming industry should set up a bedtime lockdown for kiddies (say 8 PM) so us adults can enjoy some quality gaming time and not have to listen to the little kiddies whine.

bemaniac
bemaniac

im for a more extreme rule - parents who buy a child an adult game should be traced by card statements and transaction credit card details and then lined up and shot then the bodies could be dragged thru the streets to set an example. i hate online idiots under the age of about 20 who just **** over everyone elses online gaming fun. the xbox 360 release had intelligent game fans occassionally online until december 25th then lots of little annoying voices who were graced one for xmas suddenly pooped on the parade.......god i hate xbox live since kiddymas day!!!!

lageasy311
lageasy311

parags I think it's a good bill cause it only prevents MINORS from buying a game, and I hate playing games on xbox live with 8 year olds! I agree, though i don't play x-box, it really REALLY get's annoying having to play games like socom or MK online and you hear a bunch of whiny kids just trying to piss people off. When i first played Socom i loved it b/c half the fun were the people i was talking to. I met the coolest people playing that game, but about half a year later there was just so much name calling, and stupid whiny little kid banter. I sold the game as well as my online adapter realizing that the fate of online gaming will be destroyed to immature prats.

bizsumpark182
bizsumpark182

Everyone knows that restricting videogames is SOOOO much more important then terrorism, oil prices, gas prices, education, SS, well hell everything!

nas6192003
nas6192003

They were to busy cutting the education spending in Indiana to pass this bill , apparently being 49th in academic performance isn't good enough they rather just be 50th. Oh, and building Mitch a nice multi-million mansion too.

gill9221
gill9221

I live in Indiana... and... I think... uh... *was drunk at time of posting*

placksheep
placksheep

It shouldn't be the government's job to tell little kiddies what they can and cannot play. It's the parent's responsibility. What's the worst that can happen to a kid that plays violent games anyway? A life of crime? There are plenty of other ways to neglect your job as a parent that go totally unacknowledged.

KennethGorelick
KennethGorelick

I'm glad to see them trying to get this going around home. Too bad we have to wait another year.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

I'm interested to see if any state passes a bill. . .

Dman4Life1217
Dman4Life1217

State governments will never learn. Bills like this will never pass. Violence is too broad of a term, and can be defined in too many ways. For example, a guy running for senate in texas proposed a 100% tax on all games featuring "human on human" violence. Well, reading into that, it would iclude sports games[football, taclking someone is pretty violent. As is boxing, beating someone with your fists]. So again, these guys need to just give it up, and focus on more important issues. It's not up to the government to raise kids. It's up to the parents.

CodeNamePlasma
CodeNamePlasma

Some people amaze me. It already is illegal to sell mature games to minors, so those of you who support this stuff are missing the point. This bill, like so many others that have already been shot down, target "violent" video games. Do you know how many games contain "violence?" Do you consider Dark Cloud 2 to be violent? Well, it is, according to the ratings system. But luckily, as KillerFPS said, "twas a lovely constitution they wrote."

D_E_E_G_S
D_E_E_G_S

Unless they decide to impose fines for a minor buying R-Rated movies and CDs with the EXPLICIT CONTENT sticker too (which won't happen by the way). These bills aren't gonna be passed, twas a lovey constitution they wrote.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

they dont care about it that much. if they did they would'nt of missed the deadline. dumb lawyers.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

they dont care about it that much. if they did they would'nt of missed the deadline. dumb lawyers.

Snoop_trizzle
Snoop_trizzle

Why do they keep doing this? we get the idea already....why dont they worry about the people starving on the streets before they pick on something that already has a ratings board....

8bitantichrist
8bitantichrist

Anything keeping minors from M-Rated games is good, as I'm sure I'm not the only one sick of playing online with a bunch of foul-mouthed 12-year olds. On the other hand, who's to say that the bill will stop there? Before you know it the state could be trying to ban violent games altogether.

Suffere
Suffere

I wonder why it missed its deadline...

boolow407
boolow407

HaHaHaHaHaHAAAAA!!! These idiots missed the deadline. Maybe they were actually working on something important. Maybe the corrupt hogs were to busy taking a payoff from someone. Suprised Jack Thompson wasnt reminding the world about this. Idiots.

parags
parags

I think it's a good bill cause it only prevents MINORS from buying a game, and I hate playing games on xbox live with 8 year olds!

frankeyser
frankeyser

my only questions is what took so long. there should have been someone around when i was a kid to say hey. you cant play then... since my parents were just kids anyway.

frankeyser
frankeyser

i am surprised the government did not step in earlier went it came to selling mature games or renting them to children.

tbonetrav18
tbonetrav18

stop with the bills that restrict games. There are many more things states should be doing like balancing a budget. Something that mosts states tend to have difficulties doing