A New Jersey lawmaker by the name of Linda Stender is proposing a ban on publicly playable video games rated Mature or Adults Only, citing “the correlation between violent video games and violent behavior.”
There’s just one small problem, as Kotaku points out: publicly playable games such as arcade machines and pinball machines don’t actually get rated by the ESRB, meaning that the games Stender is proposing to legislate, for the most part, don’t actually exist — outside of the occasional LAN party scenario.
The news follows reports from January that Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation was pulling light-gun games like Time Crisis from rest stops, following complaints by parents that they were inappropriate in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last year.
“Children today are exposed to violent images more than ever. Violent video games can desensitize children to violence and give them a warped version of reality where violence and death have no consequences outside their TV screens,” said Stender in her press release. “This bill hopes to minimize this exposure, which if prolonged and coupled with other factors can have a devastating effect.”