Missouri Representative Wants to Tax Violent Games Like, Uh, Guitar Hero

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r3dd4wg

The fox obviously thinks no one is watching the hen house. Write or call your representatives people!!!

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bpstone

How many homicides have been committed in South Korea after playing violent video games? Where are your statistics? You have none? And you want to do what? Have you gone mad? The media loves to fiddle with the damn facts to get people to believe whatever it is they want. They are full of shit. Some of these assholes in our government and the media need a different job altogether. Fuck off!

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Electrik

On the shelf, a book or video game is just a commodity like anything else. You either buy it or you do not.

Your kids are gonna see it. Just be the parent, be the difference, and tell the government to butt out.

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sundropdrinker3

All this tax does is open the doorway to everything else. Taxes on violent books(which, lets be honest, would be over 90% of the books), violent movies, violent toys(i.e. light sabers, sports equipment, toy tools, you get the drift).

The fact that it doesn't even tax just violent games, but games with cussing, should tell you that they don't really care about the violence aspect of the games. They are just using the recent events to throw a tax down and say "it's for the children".

FYI, there is already a tax on the item. It's called a sales tax.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

GTA3 ruined pc gaming

REAL GTA3 with Osama Bin Laden hunting down Alex Jones in New York City, its like......

Deja Vu

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germanogre

Reality TV makes me want to get violent. How about taxing their producers a little more.

This is the way it ALWAYS HAPPENS. ALWAYS! Some f#@ktard loses it and causes some kind of massacre, and everyone besides those really at fault get blamed and/or punished.

I could rant on for half a page, but then I'll probably lose my s#!t too.

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minnow4

Thanx, the gun control idiots dont need any more ammo...

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minnow4

Thanx, the gun control idiots dont need any more ammo...

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AFDozerman

Now now. They're not idiots. They've just lived lives sheltered from reality.

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germanogre

True, these are politicians, but sometimes they're as bad as ambulance chasers. Once in a while, though, you would think that they would present some evidence of possession of hindsight.

If we could get some gamers in office, then we could turn right around and ban things these politicians enjoy. Give them a taste of their own medicine. It'll never happen, but it's a nice thought.

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Cheeseiron

This is what needs to happen to revive the gaming world... I personally do not like violent games and think developers need to come up with more creative ideas. I say aye!

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devin3627

call of duty takes and takes our money, but they still release black ops 2 zombies without putting extra effort into it. they have got $240 of my money. black ops 1 + map packs and black op 2 plus the season pass.

these greedy fucks only care about profit, i want to like them but they are filthy rich and don't care to improve a product when they have money burning holes in their pockets.

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sundropdrinker3

If you don't like them then don't play them. I probably don't like the types of games you like, but I would never suggest a tax. How stupid.

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Biceps

Let's put a surcharge on Hello Kitty Island Adventure, that'll really piss him off!

Taxes to modify behavior don't work. I smoked a pack-and-a-half a day, even when they were 10 bucks a pack, up from 4 when I was a 12 year old and first started. If you don't want kids playing violent video games, then you need to stop making kids.

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Peanut Fox

Is she serious? I can't help but think this is either pandering, or get that tax money by any means necessary. Her track record leads one to believe that she is pro gun, which in itself doesn't mean she advocates violence. But it does lead me to believe that taking all that money from the NRA really has her believing what her donors are saying. Which is that violent video games cause violence.

Ugh. I hate politics.

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Neufeldt2002

If video games influence people, then the majority of facebook users would be farmers.

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bpstone

rofl

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saffy

If it passes, it will only affect Missouri. She's in the Missouri House of Representatives, not Congress. This bill means nothing.

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Mungo

Video games do seem to make Republicans go insane.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/10/candidate-for-maine-state-senate-attacked-for-warcraft-character/

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Master__shake

who does this tax go to help... perhaps helping victims of violent crime, increase standards in mental health care???

i thought not.

Murica amirite?

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Blues22475

The majority of video games are violent in some shape or form. Whether it's comic mischief or whatnot. This would be an incredibly stupid tax to impose given it's parents responsibility anyway to keep an on what their kids are playing, violent or not.

Politicians who know nothing about the subject they're trying to address should keep their mouth shut.

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TommM

Sooooooooo....what about PG and higher rated movies? They would certainly want to slap a tax on those too, right? I mean, I'm sure Hollywood wouldn't mind. :p

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AFDozerman

Knd off hrds tyypng wit. Mitttns on, bfut myt ffac wassaved lot ofd painn...

Seriously, though. This is an epicly blatant example of just how out of touch politians are with what the real issues are. Seems people are just trying to use current events as vectors for their own agendas...

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USraging

hey, that sounds a lot like the gun control they are trying to impose. It has nothing to do with the persons behind the gun it all the guns fault it made him do it! All those evil guns are out to get us.

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Incognito

That's why I keep my gun locked up in a safe - he is not to be trusted.

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burntham77

The ratings do not necessarily mean there is any violence. An "Adults Only" game could just be all about nudity and sex. So that part makes no sense.

The bill states: "The revenues derived from the tax imposed under this section shall constitute new and additional funding for treatment of mental health conditions associated with exposure to violent video games..."

Treating mental health conditions is good, but is the bill really suggesting than exposure to violent video games cause mental health problems? Is there proof of that?

I've found myself getting angry at plenty of video games that had no real violence (I'm looking at you New Super Mario Bros. for the DS). Should we tax a Mario game?

I don't mind the idea of taxing video games, but only if there a solid reason to do so. This is not a solid reason.

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Peanut Fox

Well no. There is no proof. So because no one has actually been proven to become mentally unglued due to any video game (not just violent ones). Not just violent one, there won't be anyone to treat for it. In other words, the money won't be going to victims that don't exist.

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Nixon

I get a bad feeling this will pass.
I mean, who would deny tax money sent their way!?

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jowens203

I'm assuming this is on new retail sales only? What about online/used/downloaded? She is just pissed cause people keep spawn camping her..

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