If a bill currently being reviewed by Venezuela's
parliament is formally approved by the nation's president, then gamers living in the country may have (legally) purchased their last M-rated title
. The "Bill for the Prohibition of Video Games and Toy Weapons" aims to completely ban the sale of violent video games (and, as you may have guessed, toy weapons) in the country. It was approved by the National Assembly yesterday, and now must be approved in one more debate and signed by the president to become a law.
The bill was written out of concern for the negative effect violent video games and toys are having on the nation's youth (sigh
), but was also created to prevent the use of toy weapons in real
crimes. We'd scoff at this, too -- but we just
watched a harrowing cinematic example
of this type of criminal activity. It must be stopped!