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IEMA: Veto Violent Games Bill

The video game special interest group, the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) requested that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger veto Assembly Bill 1179, a bill that regulates video game sales of M rated games to minors. IEMA member companies collectively account for almost 75% of annual game sales.

The bewildering question in reporting this story is, why does the IEMA want to stop the government from stopping minors from buying M-rated games, when they themselves say they are opposed to minors buying M-rated games. In their open-letter to Governor Schwarzenegger, they say, “IEMA members take the issue of retailer enforcement of policies inhibiting the sale or rental of “Mature” rated games to minors very seriously (emphasis added); however, we do not believe that legislation is the answer.”

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