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Press Release

March 9, 2010


PTC Calls on Rhode Island Legislature to Pass Bill to Prevent Adult Video Games from Being Sold to Minors


LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2010) – The Parents Television Council™ urged the Rhode Island legislature to pass legislation (S. 2156) to prevent retailers from selling or renting M-rated or AO-rated adult video games to minors in the state. 


“This legislation empowers parents by enforcing the industry’s voluntary guidelines which, far-too-frequently, are not followed.  And the measure would accomplish its noble goal without infringing on the ability of an adult to purchase the mature-themed product,” said PTC President Tim Winter.


“New research proves that playing adult video games can lead to increased aggression and aggressive thoughts, not to mention less empathy, in children.  This new research from Iowa State University should serve as a wake up call for lawmakers and industry leaders who have shrugged off the negative effects of video games on our children in the past.


“We have called out retailers time and again for their lack of responsibility with keeping these adult video games out of minors’ hands.  We applaud RI Senators Ciccone, Jabour, Lanzi and McCaffrey for introducing this important legislation to protect kids and now we urge the legislature to quickly pass the bill.” 


The PTC Rhode Island Chapter has been pushing for this legislation.  “Half of the retailers our chapter visited responded with contempt when it was pointed out that they weren’t following the ratings when selling adult games to children.  Obviously, penalties are needed to enforce what should be a simple thing for retailers to control.  If we can prohibit the sale of tobacco, alcohol, and pornography to minors without restricting the rights of adults, we can do the same with adult games,” said Marcia Weeden, Rhode Island chapter director. 


“To the retailers who have shown that they are responsible, I say thank you.  To any Rhode Islander concerned about what children have easy and unrestricted access to, please contact your state representatives now to urge them to support this legislation,” Weeden added. 


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver (ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.

The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.





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