February 23, 2021 ESA issued a statement on the proposed legislation in Illinois.
Of course, in the past year, the large number of carjackings in Chicago has led some to blame violent video games. Now, a lawmaker in Illinois wants to amend the state’s restrictions on the sale of violent games to minors in order to prohibit the sale of violent games to anyone and define the description of car theft as violence.
After the initial publication of this article, a representative of the Entertainment Software Association, the largest trade association in the U.S. gaming industry, issued the following statement: “Although our industry understands and shares concerns about what is happening in Chicago, there is no evidence that interactive entertainment and the real world There is a link between violence. We believe that the solution to this complex problem is to thoroughly examine the actual factors that lead to such behavior, rather than assigning blame to video games based solely on speculation.”
The 2012 Penal Code of Illinois restricts the sale of violent games to minors, punishable by a fine of $1,000. Democratic State Representative Marcus Evans (Marcus Evans Jr.) launched HB3531, which will completely ban the sale of violent games. The bill also revised the definition of “violence” to “include psychological harm and child abuse, sexual abuse, animal abuse, domestic violence, violence against women, or theft, where there was a driver or passenger in the vehicle when the theft started.”
According to the Chicago Sun Times, there have been 1,417 car hijackings in Chicago by 2020, twice the number a year ago. This is already a big enough problem to not prompt people to take action, such as Operation Safe Pump, which is deterred by a private security company sending guards at the local gas station.
Evans told The Sun Times: “The bill will prohibit the sale of certain such games to promote the activities we suffer in the community.” He added that games like “Grand Theft Auto” have become a major player in this field. Question. When you compare the two, you will find similarities with these carjackings.”
The amendment will also repeal part of the existing criminal law that requires retailers to display a two-inch “18” label in all violent games. (I must assume that it disappeared because it was never executed.)
It’s 2021, and I’m writing here about efforts to ban violent video games. If you tell me for ten years, we are still talking about politicians trying to blame the bigger problem on video games, then… I think I have to trust you, because maybe there is no real change.