State representatives have filed for video game bans in 2021. Illinois state representation has recently introduced a bill intended to prohibit the sale of violent video games. Here we go again - might as well ban Frogger too because he gets hit by cars!?!?
The bill aims to amend a 2012 law passed in the state and modify it to 'ban the sale of violent video games depicting psychological harm and motor vehicle theft' (RIP GTA). Apparently this has been set in motion by a recent rise in carjackings in Chicago. We guess we should stop binging Diner Dash too because we've been making one too many trips to the kitchen during covid.
But in all seriousness - this is absolutely ridiculous attempt at censoring content in the video game industry. Just imagine the uproar in the music industry if singers and songwriters were now told what they can and can't sing about? Come on Illinois, you can do so much better.
We will await the playout of this bill and hope that it gets squashed as it sets a scary precedent for the industry. After all, a ban of this stature would bring an end to one of the largest gaming franchises ever (in Illinois), and the second highest best-selling video game ever found in GTA V. The fear of this potentially getting passed also leaves a conglomerate of questions for the remainder of the states – what will they decide to do?