MARYLAND PASSES VIDEO GAME LAW


The Maryland House and Senate unanimously passed its video game bill into law on May 2. It comes into force on October 1, 2006. Surprisingly, the Entertainment Software Association not only failed to challenge this bill but actually supported it.  This may be because the new law does not deal with video game violence; instead it prohibits the display of an obscene video game to a minor. The new law centers its definition of what is 'obscene"? around nudity and sex, to the exclusion of violence. Some say that this law is merely an extension of existing laws barring minors' access to pornography.

 
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