Well, it looks like Jack Thompson's favorite piece of legislation is back in play. Senator Sam Brownback has introduced legislation that would require those who rate video games to play all video games "in their entirety" before coming up with a rating for the game. This is, obviously, a reaction to the whole "Hot Coffee" fiasco, where players could modify a game that had blatant (advertised and on the warning label) violence and carjacking. And what was this awful modification? It allowed the cartoon character in the game to engage in consensual sex. Yes, the carjacking, killing, violence and mayhem were perfectly fine... but a very well hidden modification that would show the characters having sex? Well, that's just too far! Of course, what's amusing about this is that it's clear that whoever wrote the law doesn't understand how games like Grand Theft Auto work. You can't play it in its entirety. The game is just an open world. It doesn't end. You can just keep playing. So, we have a modest proposal for Senator Brownback or any other politician who wants to offer up similarly pointless legislation: you cannot offer such legislation up to Congress without first playing the video games you're worried about "in their entirety" yourself. Deal?
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