Florida city aims to curb violent computer games

A Florida city is determined to pass a law restricting children's access to violent computer games despite legal challenges to similar attempts elsewhere, and charges of censorship, its mayor said on Friday.

The ordinance proposed by North Miami City Council was prompted by fury in Miami's large Haitian American community at Rockstar Game's top-selling "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City," in which players are urged to "kill the Haitians."

Rockstar owners Take-Two Interactive Software Inc have agreed to cut the offending remarks from future issues.

"This is not about censorship, it's about inciting violence," said Mayor Joe Celestin, a Haitian American. "We're going to take it all the way."

"If you say 'kill the bad guy,' I have no problem," Celestin told Reuters.

"But when you target a race of people and say kill all the Haitians because they are drug dealers, gangsters and voodoo worshipers, and you get $2,000 for killing the Haitians, that is the kind of thing that, if you want your children to play that video, I think parental consent is required."

The proposal, which won preliminary approval from the council this week but still has to go through a second vote, would impose a $250 fine on retailers who sell or rent to a minor, without parental approval, a game in which players kill or cause harm "to a human form."

News source: Yahoo

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