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Reduce the penalty for sale of age-restricted games to minors.

Comment 8th August 2010

-Reduce the current penalty of £5000 and/or six months in prison for sale to a more reasonable amount.

-Evidence should be required to prove that the customer clearly "looked" underage in order for a conviction to be made.

Why does this matter?


The Labour Government conducted a lengthy campaign to enforce these restrictions, and there is currently a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine and/or six months in prison in place.

There is no strong scientific evidence which links violent video games to a rise in aggressive behaviour and there exist studies which in fact show the opposite.

Unlike alcohol, games cause no real damage to their consumers' health, and therefore should be treated appropriately.

This is not a reason to abandon age restrictions completely, but to simplify the job of retailers by allowing them to sell age restricted games to customers who a jury would deem to "look" the correct age.

If we are going to scrap id cards, then why not abolish unnecessary need of id to purchase a harmless disc. 

Believe me, there is nothing more humiliating than being asked to show id to buy a 16-rated game when you are 18.

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