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Not Coming Soon To A Video Store Near You: Violent Games

Governor Schwarzenegger (link has sound, and a little irony) signed a bill into law Friday that bans the sale/rental of violent video games to minors

Similar laws have been passed in other states, but the video game industry will likely challenge California's law.  According to the bill, you can tell what is violent according to the "infliction of gratuitous violence upon the victim beyond that necessary to commit the killing, needless mutilation of the victimís body, and the helplessness of the victim."  See section 1746(d)(3) (scroll down to lines 34-38, page 3) . 

Sounds like reality TV might qualify, too. 

Past challenges of similar laws have been successful, so don't hold your breath if you're a parent, even if your kid is holding his/her breath to make you buy the game anyway. 

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