How would you deal with violent video games ruining your country? Tax ‘em, of course! Such is the bill proposed by Republican Diane Franklin of Camdenton, Missouri, who is arguing that all games which have “received a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board of Teen, Mature, or Adult Only” be subject to a special violent games tax.
The proposed bill (PDF) imposes a 1% sales tax that will go towards “new and additional funding for treatment of mental health conditions associated with exposure to violent video games”. As PC Gamer points out, games such as The Sims 3, StarCraft 2, Tropico 4 and EVE Online would all be classed as ‘violent video games’ under this broad definition.
News outlet KSDK is reporting that similar legislation in Oklahoma and New Mexico has failed, so it’s likely that this one will receive the same treatment.