Illinois state representative for the 33rd district, Marcus C. Evans Jr., has filed HB3531. This means that he is attempting to make changes to a 2012 law that prevents some video games being sold to minors. The new amendment would mean that it would ban the sale of any video games that depict “psychological harm” to any age group.
Grand Theft Auto is being cited as one of these games amid the current rise in carjackings withing the Illinois state. Philanthropist Early Walker has stated that violence in video games could be having an adverse effect on the influence on young peoples’ minds. This comes after some of the arrests made for carjacking were of people not even old enough to drive.
The bill will look to change the entire definition of what a “violent” video game actually is. It will look towards games whereby the player can “control a character within the video games that is encouraged to perpetuate human-on-human violence, in which the player kills or otherwise causes serious physical or psychological harm to another human or an animal.”
“The bill would prohibit the sale of some of these games that promote the activities that we’re suffering from in our communities.”Marcus Evans, Illinois state representative for the 33rd district
The issues around video games and how they influence violence is a massively debated subject. One famous media-correlated argument is the Columbine shootings that triggered various court cases against video game developers, but the cases were dismissed due to the absence of product liability laws in the market. However many publications have opposed to opinions that violence can be triggered from a video game. The perceptual mechanics on how games effect the brain can be read here in the Console Yourself article How do video games affect our brains?