The Louisiana senate has passed the game bill that forbids minors from owning, renting, playing, and buying violent video games (M is the current one defined as violent [Adults only (AO) has not been mentioned yet]).
According to the law, it is now illegal in Louisiana to sell, rent, or loan a game to a minor if it meets the following three conditions:
(1) The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the video or computer game, taken as a whole, appeals to the minor’s morbid interest in violence.
(2) The game depicts violence in a manner patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable for minors.
(3) The game, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.
Number 3 is what is scary. When it’s translated into ordinary terms it states, “Video Games must teach you something in the areas of reading, art, politics or science”.
I can see it now…Solid Snake teaching the ABCs in his next mission. Must suck for Louisiana.
And if you or anyone involved breaks this law, they can be fined between $100 and $2,000. And have the chances of being imprisoned for up to a year, or both.