Brazilian Senator Seeks Violent Game Ban

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Valdir Raupp, who is both a senator and a lion of a man, has put forward a bill seeking to ban the sale and distribution of violent video games in Brazil.

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Raupp is looking to "curb the manufacture, distribution, importation, distribution, trading and custody, storage [of] the video games that affect the customs [and] traditions of the people, their worship, creeds, religions and symbols".

A senate education commission has already approved the bill, meaning it's on its way now for a vote in Brazil's Committee on Constitution and Justice. If passed, anyone caught violating the law could face 1-3 years in the slammer.

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Though I don't know how successful it will be, I can see why they're doing it. Brazil is one of the most violent countries in South America. They have big problems with children being recruited into gangs, and I'm sure many law makers feel that violent video games play some part in that.

That accompanied by the fact that they'd like to keep the murder rate low when the Olympics come to town makes it seem like a bright idea.

Here's to the same "violent video game" comments that we've seen in every Jack Thompson thread.