Pennsylvania Might Slap a 10% Tax on Video Games

Pennsylvania politicians are currently working on a bill that (again) tries to tie video games with school shootings and violence, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact, researchers and scientists studying the issue have repeatedly found (including in a new study out of the UK this week) that there is no link between playing video games and committing acts of violence. Regardless, as Kevin Webb reports in Business Insider recently, some legislators are trying to add a 10% tax on games falling under certain ESRB ratings. From the article:

While the ability to tax violent games is not a matter of settled law, the game industry has one important U.S. Supreme Court decision in its favor. In 2011, a California law banning the sale of violent video games to children under age 18 was struck down in a decision by the Supreme Court. In its decision on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the court found that video game content was protected as free speech.

"Numerous authorities - including scientists, medical professionals, government agencies, and the US Supreme Court - found that video games do not cause violence," The ESA wrote in a statement.

"We encourage Pennsylvania legislators to work with us to raise awareness about parental controls and the ESRB video game rating system, which are effective tools to ensure parents maintain control over the video games played in their home."

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