December 14, 2006
Players and creators of video games could face imprisonment for acts of virtual violence under draft legislation being drawn up by two of Germany’s state governments.
Politicians in Bavaria and Lower Saxony have proposed a new offence that will punish “cruel violence on humans or human-looking characters” inside games. Early drafts suggest that infringers should face fines or up to 12 months’ jail for promoting or enacting in-game violence.
Great. I’ll bet the next thing I have to look forward to is getting taxed on money my character in The Sims earns at work.
Hat Tip: Mike at The Liberty Papers
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