Video Game Law Blog

March 08, 2005

A growing number of US jurisdictions are proposing legislation that restricts the sale of violent video games.   California proposes a ban on youth access to games with graphic depictions of violence; Michigan is contemplating a bill that would ban the sale of games with a Mature or Adults Only ESRB rating to people younger than 18; and Illinois has a new proposal to ban sales of violent and sexually explicit games to children.  Such measures seem to have become a cause célèbre among politicians, although similar proposals in the past have failed.  The video game industry opposes this sort of legislation, preferring to rely on voluntary self-regulation.  However, as the hype increases over video game violence and its relationship to actual violence (a controversial subject in itself), these sorts of legislative proposals will continue to appear.Coverage at