Just recently, the New York State Legislature was trying to protect minors from racist video games
. Now it's back to worrying over sex and violence. A new Assembly bill
demands labeling, above and beyond what the Entertainment Software Rating Board already requires
, to warn parents of the possibility that the game they're buying their kids may contain "Sodomy," "Bestiality," "Sado-Masochism," "Morbid Violence" (as opposed, presumably, to the upbeat, life-affirming kind), "Religious Violence" (whoops, we see that's covered), and several other categories of no-no. "In order to raise a healthy, well adjusted child," says the bill's lengthy, nannying preamble, "parents must be aware of what their children are doing for fun."
"I'd love for my six-year-old to pick up my copy of Call of Duty 4 and then ask what sodomy is," says Ars Technica. "Yes, this bill would really protect the children."