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Old 15 Jan 2004, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Source: Gamespot

Vice City incites Miami ordinance proposal


North Miami's majority Haitian-American council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that will make it illegal for retailers to sell or rent violent games to anyone under 18.

According to a recent report in The Miami Herald, North Miami's majority Haitian-American council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that will make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to anyone under 18 without first getting written permission from parents. The proposal was apparently sparked by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and was approved when all three of the Haitian council members voted in favor of it. The two non-Haitians on the council voted against it.

Critics of the ordinance say that it's not only unconstitutional but, because it applies to any game that depicts realistic physical harm to a human form, is too vague. In theory, a retailer in Miami could be fined for renting a copy of Medal of Honor: Rising Sun to a child, even though its rated 'T' for teen.

''We don't believe the First Amendment was written to protect those who want to incite violence,'' said Mayor Joe Celestin, a Haitian-American who introduced the ordinance and is one of Vice City's most vocal critics.

If the ordinance is given final approval by the council it will come into effect in just two weeks. Code enforcement officers would have the power to issue warnings and citations, and to impose fines of up to $250 per day, or as much as $500 for repeat offenders.

We'll bring you more information on this story as soon as it becomes available.


Me for once I agree with those silly haitians. The Game Rating should be enforced to the maxumun.
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Old 15 Jan 2004, 03:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The ratings system is there for a reason, and it should be followed and enforced. However, if the Hatians keep up their mission against GTA, they're gonna find themselves on the end of some real life violence sooner or later.
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Old 15 Jan 2004, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The ratings system is there for a reason, and it should be followed and enforced. However, if the Hatians keep up their mission against GTA, they're gonna find themselves on the end of some real life violence sooner or later.
I don't think they are against GTA this time. They are talking about a general issue here. GTA is a clear example. Althou they are poking that video game too much if you ask me.
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Meh...I just got my dad to buy it for me...will do the same for next GTA...
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Old 15 Jan 2004, 03:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Meh...I just got my dad to buy it for me...will do the same for next GTA...
This is the Issue Knuckles. Parenta buy the video game, kids find one scene in particular really cool, they recreate that scene, they get busted and parents point at the video game company for making the game. Go to MOTM to talk about this issue.
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I think if the PARENTS buy it for the kids, and they understand what the game is about then the kids should be able to play it. But if the parents dont then no they shouldnt.
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This is quickly becoming my favorite news subject... darn those resilient haitians, don't know when to quit...

http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/gr...s_6086551.html

North Miami's majority Haitian-American council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that will make it illegal for retailers to sell or rent violent games to anyone under 18.

According to a recent report in The Miami Herald, North Miami's majority Haitian-American council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that will make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to anyone under 18 without first getting written permission from parents. The proposal was apparently sparked by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and was approved when all three of the Haitian council members voted in favor of it. The two non-Haitians on the council voted against it.

Critics of the ordinance say that it's not only unconstitutional but, because it applies to any game that depicts realistic physical harm to a human form, is too vague. In theory, a retailer in Miami could be fined for renting a copy of Medal of Honor: Rising Sun to a child, even though its rated 'T' for teen.

''We don't believe the First Amendment was written to protect those who want to incite violence,'' said Mayor Joe Celestin, a Haitian-American who introduced the ordinance and is one of Vice City's most vocal critics.

If the ordinance is given final approval by the council it will come into effect in just two weeks. Code enforcement officers would have the power to issue warnings and citations, and to impose fines of up to $250 per day, or as much as $500 for repeat offenders.

We'll bring you more information on this story as soon as it becomes available.

By Justin Calvert


''We don't believe the First Amendment was written to protect those who want to incite violence." <-- That... wow, that's just harsh. It also proves that this guy knows dick about this stuff, if he truly believes the intent of the designers is to inspire violence.

Heh..anyways thoughts?
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Old 16 Jan 2004, 01:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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that will make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to anyone under 18 without first getting written permission from parents.
Wow, that is a tough one to get by, they don't think these kids are just gonna write fake notes? Did that cross their little itty bitty minds?

They know that the intent of the designers is not to inspire violance, they just use these bullshit excuses to take companys to court, all these old people, who are so anti-video game, and they think the source of all harm revolves around video games have seriously got to be fucking high, pull your head out of your ass, and realize 99.9% of sane and even insane people know what they see in video games or movies is not "correct" to do in a real life situations, these things are overlooked.
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all this is the Same "Lets Shove Controversy up Rockstar's ass" Routine That's been going on for way too long. This Stuff's Pissing me off. Go bother some other Company!
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Hey I made a thread just like this one.
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This is the Issue Knuckles. Parenta buy the video game, kids find one scene in particular really cool, they recreate that scene, they get busted and parents point at the video game company for making the game. Go to MOTM to talk about this issue.
Yeah, I really get the urge every now and again to purchase a print works and make coiunterfeit money...or blow up a building using a remote controlled helicopter....
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^me too... hey I just got back from a meeting with my lawyer... i gotta go kill some chef and steal his phone...later.
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