As reported on Yahoo,
the state legislature of Washington has passed a law prohibiting
the sale of violent games to minors. Signed into law by Governor
Gary Locke, the bill, sponsored by Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson,
will fine any retailer $500 for selling or renting to minors
any game that depicts violence to police.
While this law will be immediately challenged in court on
the basis of free speech, it proves to be part of a growing
trend of legislature in which the government, both federal
and state, have been trying to get violent videogaming material
out of the hands of younger gamers.
For more information on the law, go to the Washington
State Legislative Website.
Editor's Comments: Personally, I think it's sad
that the government has to step in and make laws to enforce
the ESRB ratings.
Whether the law gets struck down in the courts or not, the
sales of Mature rated games to minors may become a stronger
issue for each company and store to deal with on their own.
Don't be to surprised to see larger chains, Like Electronics
Boutique, to make a more concerted effort to ask for proof
of age before certain game sales.