Regardless of your political affiliation, you may want to consider how you might be voting as a gamer this November. In a recent survey by Common Sense Media group, a number of Presidential candidates have made clear their views on government’s role in the sale of violent video games.
Candidates Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney are among violent video games’ most vocal detractors, with Romney even going so far as to lump them into his “ocean of filth” in which, presumably, your adorable son or daughter is swimming, their innocence steadily being eroded away by the tides of pop culture. Clinton, although she missed the initial deadline for the CSM survey, has also recently made her views known regarding the sale videogames to minors: you’re going to pay for corrupting our youth. Specifically, $1000 for the first offense and $5000 for each subsequent time you get caught into selling Manhunt 2 to little Bobby Virgineyes. Senator Clinton has a history of campaigning against violent video games, notably during the “Hot Coffee” scandal involving those glorious five-seconds scenes of simulated non-porn tucked deep within the source code of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. (And if you haven’t checked them out by now, you don’t know what you’re missing!)
Other candidates, including Obama, Richardson and Edwards have also expressed concern over the issue, though they have implied that they would prefer to leave it up to the industry itself to regulate its violent media. The list of candidates and their answers can be found here at CSM’s news room.
While deciding government’s role in the sale of videogames is hardly the most important factor you’ll be taking into account when you cast your vote for the leader of the free world in 2008, it may be worth gauging the severity of each candidate’s response to these issues as a barometer on how they might react on other, more important issues. Or not. I mean, violent or not, they’re only video games. They couldn’t possibly affect the political or economic stability of the U.S.…right?
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