Aiming wide at videogames

NY passes bill preventing game sales to minors

State governments just can’t resist trying to crack down on vidgames.

The New York Assembly passed a bill May 29 that would make it a felony for retailers to sell to a minor a game that includes “depraved violence and indecent images.”

Similar bills in nine other states have been struck down by courts as violations of the First Amendment. Illinois spent $1 million unsuccessfully defending its version.

If he signs the bill into law, New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer will likely have to set aside some cash for legal bills as well. The Entertainment Merchants Assn., which reps videogame and DVD retailers, is already blasting the bill as “ill-conceived” and “unconstitutional.”

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