Earlier this month, we reported a story that Oklahoma representative William Fourkiller was attempting to pass a bill that would put a 1% tax on video games with a rating of teen, mature, or adults only. While this may not seem like an extraordinary amount of money, the outrage came from the fact that the proposed bill unfairly targeted video games by claiming that they caused both obesity and violence. Thankfully, the representative’s proposal was quickly dismissed.
When the bill was ultimately discredited by the House, Fourkiller was quick in his attempt to compromise by requesting the creation of the “Oklahoma Task Force on Video Games’ Relationship to Obesity and Aggression”, which was subsequently rejected as well.
Residents of Oklahoma can rest easy, for now – although this will hardly be the last time that video games are targeted by lawmakers.
Oklahoma’s video game right restored [Video Game Voters]