Bill created in Brazil to outlaw offensive video games.

Brazilian senator Valdir Raupp just recently created a bill to make importing and distributing offensive video games illegal in the country of Brazil.   The bill (English translation here) has been placed on the table and will be voted on in the near future by the Committee on Constitution and Justice.  The bill states, “ ‘the law shall punish any acts of discrimination against the rights and freedoms.’ Thus we believe that freedom of expression in video games can not be confused with anarchy, disrespect to the image and honor of people and faiths and their scriptures.”  If the bill passes then those who still wish to disobey the law will have to face one to three years in prision and pay a fine.

Brazil is making this move after seeing countries like Venezuela, China, Germany, and Austrailia all make moves to ban particular video games in their country.  Austrailia has already banned six games this year, and two of them were just last week.  China has also banned many online games that have mafia-like themes to them.  In light of all of these movements to supress the creation and distribution of violent video games, a gamer can’t help but fear if it will happen in their country.  We would hate to see this happen in countries like Canada and America, and we are probably safe to assume that even if that move was made it wouldn’t be any time soon, and it would probably be met with much uprising.

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  1. Not surprising. America and Canada looks remarkably free compared to countries like Australia and Brazil. China is socially fucked, that goes without saying. But I’d agree, Americans wouldn’t tolerate the government telling them what games they can buy. There’s no good argument to restrict your video gaming options. If you want a nanny state making sure your kids don’t play GTA, well shouldn’t that be up to the parents? They are PARENTS, afterall. Just my thoughts.

  2. Parents, in generally though, are a bunch of dumbasses that CANNOT control their children and they like to dump them on the government and school programs. For instance, expecting the schools to raise their kids without help from the parents.

    Besides, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. For instance, if I go out and get a game made where you’re a torturer who tortures that family of women and then rapes then, should that be allowed to be bought? At some point, there needs to be someone telling developers no.

    It really depends on what they define as offensive, I guess, as that’s a relative term. GTA, in my experience with playing the little I did, wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be.

  3. At what point did parents begin to abdicate their responsibilities for raising their children to the government? The parents should be the first line of defense if they don’t want certain games in their house. Anytime the government gets involved in something, they always screw it up.

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