By Sallie Anglin
California Speaker, Leland Yee, has introduced a bill into the California Legislature that, if passed, would prevent gamers 17 years and younger from purchasing videogames that portray excessive violence against human beings.
“When you push a computer button, you are pulling the trigger,” Yee stated, clarifying why he feels tougher restrictions should be placed on such games.
Despite the voluntary rating systems already in effect by the Entertainment Software Association and Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association, Yee plans to get Assembly Bill 450 passed, claiming that the current rating system isn’t strict enough.
If the bill is successful, it would enforce warning stickers and ID checks from retailers. Each violation would result in a $1,000 fine. Yee’s law would have precedence over the ESRB rating system that is currently in use.