Violent Video Games
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pac-Man and Space Invaders. Today’s video games combine heightened interactivity and realistic graphics while allowing the player to simulate criminal behavior, rape, even murder. But under current laws, retailers are not obligated to impose restrictions on the sale of video games to minors. A ten-year-old can easily purchase an Adult Only (AO rated) video game from most retailers. Allowing higher rated video games to only be sold to adults will have no affect on the ability for this industry to pursue its profit and its "art" amongst adult consumers. In the face of scientific proof that there is potential for irrevocable damage when children play violent video games, as a society we would be grossly derelict to not enforce the standards that the video game industry itself has said are prudent and necessary. That’s why the PTC is pushing retailers to require IDs to purchase M- and AO-rated video games, and supporting state and local efforts to enforce the ESRB ratings guides for purchase of games.