I believe this is ok if they do it because they want to stop minors playing games that they shouldn't. But if they are doing it because they think that video games can create a murderer, they should have no support from no one.
A video game isn't any different from a board game. If you get mad from losing in a board game, you will also get equally mad when you lose in a video game. It's as simple as that. Different people reacts differently.
I can sorta, kinda, not-really see a tax for mature and adult rated games. Although I'll admit the only reason why I am not completely against the tax is because it is being put to something that is becoming increasingly important in the US.
BUT, I don't live in Oklahoma, so my opinion doesn't matter anyway.
Last I checked the supreme court defined video games as a work of art, another medium similar to video .. do they tax violent video, paintings, music and books? If they don't then the government is getting in the way of free trade and the fair market.
I have a good idea, how about spending a little more time looking at how to fix our economy and get people working than going after one of the only successful markets left in this country.
Lets see, were going to slap a 5% tax on violent video games ... exactly how is that going to stop minors from playing them? Its up to parents and stores to make sure kids don't play games they shouldn't, not the government.
they need to ban kids from owning "violent" games. kids need to be studying not playing the next FPS or violent RPG. it's strange that they card people when buying porn but not violent movies/games. either have it all open and available or none of it. parents are to blame, stop buying violent video games for your kids.
This is completely stupid, another classic example of why every political legislator should be part time only. Don't they have better things to do? (apparently not), this is just sound bite legislation, it sounds great to the soccer moms.
Just think, if part time then the salary he would have been paid could be used for better purposes, the days of public servants serving the public are long over, they only serve themselves to our money, wake up people!!!
Should we even support the ESA's actions towards this piece of legislation? I'm still burned by their support of SOPA and PIPA. We gamers always do our part to support the industry in stopping legislation like this, but when has the industry stepped up to protect our rights in fighting SOPA? They haven't.
They want to stop the government from treating the industry as a bunch of criminals sullying the minds of the young, but they treat their supporters like a bunch of thieves who steal software at every opportunity.
How does taxing mature games help prevent minors playing them? A better idea is to show the retailer the age of the child whom the parent is buying for and then slap on a 5% income tax to discourage the parent.
But really, stop treating every gamer as potential gun slinging murderer and you'll probably invoke less violent upbringing. Then again, it's oklahoma.
[citation][nom]drwho1[/nom]We already have that... is called Commercials, you know those annoying interruptions that we get while watching our TV shows.[/citation]
Except there are commercials for every type of TV show there is, there are no exceptions, if it's on TV and not a special thing (or a cable channel) it will have commercials so it's not the same as taxing only violent games.