Online Gaming Illegal for Sex Offenders

The state of NY just recently agreed to put a plan into action that necessitates registered sex offenders to provide their “online identities” to the proper authorities in order to place a ban on their online gaming usernames. In other words, a sex offender is no longer allowed to play any games on Xbox Live or PSN, mostly for fear that the online communication component will enable them to prey on potential victims. This decision is pretty interesting, especially when you consider some of the inherent issues with sex offender laws in certain states. ESA, a trade association for major video game makers seems to support the decision, saying that they welcome any sort of movement to make online game play safer. You can’t really argue with that logic. As video games become more and more advanced in the future (i.e. Kinnect’s webcam and other communication features), we are sure to see more of these kinds of decisions/debates.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. anisabel1
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 00:10:29

    I think this is a very interesting topic. Does it make sense to completely take away their right to play a video game though? Why not simply have a label that identifies them as a sex offender and leave it up to the other players online to decide if they want to open up communication or not? I think it would be a good idea to have the sex offender identified as one but not simply remove them from the online gaming arena. The person is going to do what they want to do regardless of being banned from playing a game online. And by taking action against sex offenders, why not take action on other criminals? Or people that are being very derogatory, i.e. using racial slurs, sexual language, basically sexual assault via online gaming. Very interesting topic though and would love to read more!


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