A New York state Chuck.E.Cheese is in danger of losing it’s license for it’s games room after town officials raised concern over the type of games that can be played by youngsters.
Council Member Shelly Schratz said she was disturbed by several “action-packed shoot-and-kill games” that were accessible to children as young as 4.
“When I see 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds playing those games, when all the time we’re opening the paper and seeing those stories on youth violence, do we need those games to make money?” she said.
I have to say this has always been something that has interested me. Are arcade games rated by anybody? In general they are all pretty tame compared to many console games. For example you never see any graphic violence in arcade games. Usual an enemy is non-human (i.e. zombies or aliens) and if they are human and are shot, you don’t see physical injuries on them when they are hit.
Games like these have been around for a while in arcades, but perhaps the increasing concern of kids playing violent console games has made people look at arcade games a little closer. Could we see these games being toned down, or perhaps enforced over 18’s areas in the future? What are your thoughts?