Blumenthal through playing with video game industry

By Keith Loria | Jul 19, 2010


HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal announced on Monday that he is joining a multi-state coalition arguing for a state's right to impose age restrictions on video games deemed too violent.

Blumenthal filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court expressing his feelings that minors shouldn't be purchasing certain violent games, especially those games featuring players being burned alive and others where characters vomit.

Blumenthal is currently running for U.S. Senate.

"Parents deserve tools to protect children from games that showcase digital decapitation and rape," Blumenthal said.

"Certain games dangerously desensitize children with simulated homicide and hate crimes, turning graphic executions into entertainment.

"In the face of continued industry inaction-enabling unattended children to buy such games-states must preserve their critical right to protect children."

A law in California keeps children under 18 from buying the video games with heavier violent. Descriptions of this content ranges from players decapitating people with shovels to slaughtering nude female zombies to beating policemen to death.

The Entertainment Merchants Association is currently challenging California's law.

Currently, Connecticut has not enacted its own set of legal restrictions on video games, but Blumenthal said it is critical to preserve the state's right to impose such limits.

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