According to an Oklahoma politician, video games help cause many problems affecting the youth of today, but they can also help solve those same problems.
Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, has proposed a 1% tax on every video game sold which has a Teen, Mature or Adults Only rating. He explains that half of the money would go towards helping to get kids playing outside, while the other half would be placed into a bullying prevention fund.
[img_big]center,7921,2011-11-03/2950Hamburg_Hovercraft.jpg,The Mature-rated best-selling game of 2011 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3[/img_big]
The plan is focussed on games containing violence, rather than any other adult content, as Fourkiller explains:
Violent video games contribute to some of our societal problems like obesity and bullying, but because they raise a lot of revenue, they can also provide part of the solution.
Responses to Fourkiller’s proposal have been mixed, with some commenters complaining a 1% levy isn’t taking things seriously enough. Still, in 2011, video games in the United States took a total of almost US$17 billion in revenue, so it could be a handy little earner.