Legislators in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, proposed a bill that would introduce a tax on violent games. It is proposed that the new 10% tax on violent games, as proposed by the law, be paid into a fund called the Digital Security Account for School Safety, which will be used to increase security in schools in the country.
The so-called "tax on sins" on violent games is proposed at House Bill 109, presented by the representative of the state of Pennsylvania Chris Quinn on behalf of the Republican party. It is proposed that the tax be used for violent games with ESRB rating M for Mature / Adults-Only. According to reports, this new proposed tax would significantly increase video game prices. After taxation, the standard triple game would become more expensive for $ 10, from 60 to 70 dollars.
This new proposal is proposed as a direct response to an increase in school violence, which Chris Quinn claims to be linked to violent video games.
Violent video games can also desensitize people to see aggressive behavior and reduce prosocial behavior, such as helping another person and feeling empathy [the ability to understand others]. The longer the individuals are exposed to violent video games, the more likely they will be aggressive behavior, thoughts, and feelings.
The Bill contradicts the Entertainment Software Association, which explains this "A number of scientific studies have shown that there is no link between video games and violence".
We encourage lawmakers in Pennsylvania to work with us to raise awareness of parental controls and the ESRB video game rating system, which are effective tools to ensure that parents control video games that are played in their home.
February was recently proclaimed an eSports month in Pennsylvania state, which is why the bill is in the foreground and a debate on the possible link between violent games and real-life violence.
Do you think this proposed game sins tax is a good idea? Do you think there is a possible link between violent behavior in real life and the violence shown in video games? Leave a comment below.