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New Californian games bill under-fire

Yee fears for sales-restriction bill

A bill first proposed by member of the Californian assembly Leland Yee looks set to be imminently scuppered after Yee revealed his disappointment at his proposal's reception. "I think there is tremendous political pressure being exerted," admitted Yee. "I don't think [the bill] is going to survive at all." Apparently, key videogame industry players have been lobbying heavily against the bill which aims to restrict the sale of violent videogames further in the state, ahead of a vote by the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Internet Media tomorrow.

Yee had hoped to encompass specific violent games alongside films and pornography, making it illegal for retailers to sell them to minors, and targeted titles like Postal 2 and GTA 3 specifically. The industry hit back stating the amendment was futile as most violent games were purchased by parents for kids anyway, though in his offence Yee did mention both US and Swedish studies linking graphic games will aggression in minors.

Yee is a Berkeley-educated psychologist, though admits to having played scant videogames himself. "I did not simply jump into this issue without a lot of care and consideration," he commented, and has suggested another bill forcing retailer to explain ratings better, and cut-down on displays of violent titles in stores, too. More on this as we get it.