I think you're missing my
point. A lot of newer games could almost be classified as interactive movies. Sure, some people wouldn't show R rated films to their kid, but if the kid was responsible and mature enough they would. I watched movies like The Shining, Silence of the Lambs, etc before I was 10, and I've turned out fine. *crickets* Maybe that's a bad example, but you see my point. Games are art, why limit their availability to people by age?
And in reference to your last paragraph, it sounds like it's your understanding that those in support of the bill wish to ban M-rated games altogether from being sold. This is not the case at all. The rejected proposed law was intended to criminalize the selling of M-rated games to minors.
I understand that they're trying to ban them from being sold to minors. I don't think they should, for the reasons I've mentioned previously. It's just like people who have tried to ban Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird because the books use racial slurs to illustrate a point. I don't necessarily think 5 year olds should be running around playing GTA, but older teenagers should be able to. Games are reaching a point where some can almost be called intellectual. I wouldn't deny the right to use them by anyone.
And this is where my initial argument bounces back into play. It's the irresponsible parents who are to blame for their children playing these violent games, not so much as the retail clerks.
I agree with this, but it also depends on what game. I don't think the rating system we have now is sufficient in deciding what games are age appropriate for who, but in all honesty, it never will be. It's all down to children's parents to decide what's appropriate for them. However, sometimes adults are no better judges than kids. I have a friend who's parents won't allow her to watch any movie, TV show, or listen to music, because they think it's all garbage. Depriving someone of things that can only broaden their thinking is wrong, perhaps even abusive. Look at these pictures:
Those are all screen shots of the new GTA game. Can you see how realistic that is? I consider it to be art, and I just don't think that anyone needs to be deprived of art.