An Oklahoma state representative is proposing a tax on violent videogames, with the money collected going to funds used to fight childhood obesity and bullying. According to the bill, it is “immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.” According to me, however, it’s pretty ridiculous.
The brainchild of Representative William Fourkiller, which ironically sounds like a bad CoD gamertag, the bill would apply a one percent tax on all teen, mature, and adult-only rated games. Now, 60 cents for each $60 game is not a lot of money, but that’s not the real issue. The real issue is that, if passed, this bill would set a precedent that could lead other states to apply the same tax, or possibly an even larger one.
The bill, if passed, would go into effect on July 1, 2012. Hopefully, it will never have a chance to get that far. What’s quite frustrating is that after dozens and dozens of classic, stellar games, they’re still not seen as art by non-gamers, and are thus abused by people who want to point the finger at anyone or anything but themselves.