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From the weird laws news department... - September 03,2000 by JoseQ
From Ron Corcoran, owner of Snipercade comes news of a very weird law coming into effect in Indianapolis starting two days ago! Here's the full transcript: "Indianapolis is cracking down on the coin-operated video games at arcades.Any that show people being decapitated, dismembered, mutilated or maimedwill be off-limits to kids. In a law that goes into effect Sept. 1, anygames that feature graphic violence or strong sexual content must havewarning labels and be kept 10 feet from non-violent game machines. Theymust also be seperated by a curtain or wall so minors can't see them.Businesses can be fined $200 a day for each violation. The law is thoughtto be the first of it's kind in a major U.S. city.". Is this weird or what? Not that we've seen decapitation or dismemberment since the likes of "Chiller" a long time ago.Oh well... Just thought this was interesting...

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Name: Shane-O-Mac Posted: Monday, September 4, 2000 - (22:44)
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They tried to pass a law similar to this in Seattle, Washington. The law would've banned all "violent" acrade games. However, it would only pertain to government-run facilities. In other words, the local arcade down the street would be exempt from this law, but the community center would have to obey the law.

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Name: Lysander Posted: Monday, September 4, 2000 - (19:44)
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This is actually not that new - in Australia, Video Games are rated with the same categories as films and computer games. Anything classified with a restricted level (HOTD, Carnevil are examples of games that were assessed at that level) is required to be restricted access to minors, as well as to have a curtain around them... not that it stops any kids from going in and playing, of course... :)

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Name: Alan Yau Posted: Monday, September 4, 2000 - (9:39)
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If kids can't see thr REAL cruelness in this society, they really can't grow up a normal life. Violence is natural and should be understood, Fighting or violence on the game screen is better than real life, at least you have a better imagination.

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Name: Shinobi Posted: Sunday, September 3, 2000 - (21:28)
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Funny how the people complaining about violent arcade games are from the government, the most violent and heavily armed organisation in the country.

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Name: Me Posted: Sunday, September 3, 2000 - (21:04)
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We all have Joe Leiberman to thank for such over-zealous anti-videogame legislation.


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Name: Mad Max Posted: Sunday, September 3, 2000 - (21:03)
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What this amounts to is the paranoia of lawmakers trying to please the public.The parents are ones screaming about the violence in this country,yet they are the ones not doing a good job of finding out what their kids are up to.Be it by paying attention to them,asking them how their day was in school,knowing what crowd they are hanging with.I am not saying I am a perfect parent by any means,but,I do know where my child is at all times.I also let him play Doom,Quake,and what have you.We also discuss that these are only games,NOT real life.Lay the blame where it belongs...on YOUR shoulders,not the politicians,because if you do we all lose!

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Name: Jeremy Cline Posted: Sunday, September 3, 2000 - (18:07)
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Only in naptown. "Hey, the tap water isnt safe to drink, but your kids are safe at the arcade!"

I live in Indianapolis, and I cant think of a single arcade in town with a violent game.

Indianapolis sux.

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