February 23, 2021 ESA has issued a statement on the proposed Illinois legislation.
A rash of car hijackings in Chicago over the past year has, of course, led some to point the finger at violent video games. An Illinois lawmaker will now change a state restriction on selling violent games to minors, so it will ban the sale of violent games to anyone – and will define depictions of motor vehicle theft as violence.
Following the initial publication of this article, a representative of the Entertainment Software Association, the largest gaming industry association in the United States, reached the following statement: “While our industry understands and shares the concerns surrounding what has happened in Chicago, there is simply no evidence of a connection between interactive entertainment and real-world violence. We believe that the solution to this complex problem lies in thoroughly examining the actual factors driving such behavior rather than mistakenly attributing blame to video games solely based on speculation. ”
The Illinois Penal Code of 201
There were 1,417 reported car hijackings in Chicago in 2020, twice as many as a year earlier, as the Chicago Sun-Times reports. It has been a big enough problem to ask for efforts such as Operation Safe Pump, which has a private security company that fires guards at local petrol stations.
“The bill will ban the sale of any of these games that promote the activities we suffer from in our communities,” Evans told the Sun-Times. He adds that games like Grand Theft Auto have become “a major problem in this spectrum. When you compare the two, you see strong similarities when it comes to these car jackets. “
The change will also repeal part of the existing penal code that requires dealers to display a two-inch ’18’ label on all violent games. (I have to assume it disappears because it was never enforced.)
It’s 2021, and here I am writing about attempts to ban violent video games. If you had told me for a decade that we would still be talking about politicians trying to blame bigger problems on video games, well … I guess I have to believe you, because maybe nothing really changes.