[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/03/maI0n.jpg[/newsimage]The Swiss National Council has passed a law that could make it illegal to distribute, sell or even create violent video games in Switzerland. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/switzerland-to-ban-violent-video-games-27466/](http://www.myce.com/news/switzerland-to-ban-violent-video-games-27466/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
This is meaningless. Kids will just buy the game through an older friend or download it from a torrent site. Same as Prohibition. Tell someone they can’t have something and they immediately find it through other means. Some people just never learn.
Once I thought I made a mistake, but I was wrong.
I’m Swiss and I already corrected Kotaku on that.
Referendum is only 50k signatures.
And this is not the law the federal government will choose to push. Two “laws” were voted and they will choose only one of them, probably the following :
Second one was about enforcing very strongly not selling 18+ games to children below recommanded age. While not enterely useful, forcing stores to ask for an ID before selling will go a long way. Right now, noone really cares about the recommanded age.
Adults should be allowed to play what they want. However…
As much as I love to play violent video games at my age, I applaud any effort to keep them out of the hands kids and teenagers. Specially younger kids. Its much worse than violence in movies and if anyone cares to disagree I will post my arguments later.
Unfortunately, a big part of the problem is there are too many parents who fall into the category of being too ignorant, too irresponsible or plain incompetent.
I am disgusted that when I play COD online there are many kids playing who shouldn’t be. Shame on the parents for letting them or for being so ignorant about policing their kids Live accounts etc… and not setting up the “family” settings. I have even played against some dumba$$ who let their 4 year old kid and jump in for some games.
I also remember downloading the demo for Saints Row off Xbox live. When playing it, I could not believe the demo had so much vulgar language and excessive violence a la GTA. I loved it myself but I could not help thinking how many kids could easily download this demo if their parents weren’t privy to the Family settings etc.