North Carolina, another bastion of freedom and liberty, has proposed state legislation similar to Utah's recently defeated "Games as Porn" law. The new bill, SB87, adds violent games to an existing North Carolina statute which defines material harmful to minors. State Sen. Boseman’s legislation would restrict minors’ access to games which feature “the realistic visual depiction of serious injury to human beings, actual or virtual; appeal to a minor’s morbid interest in violence; are “patently offensive” to prevailing community standards; and lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.
Senator Boseman, Video Game Vixen, proposes new legislation
I wonder if it is necessary that in addition to being violent or offensive, the game must lack serious literary, artistic, scientific, or political value? Are there games that would not be obscene because the story is so engaging? How can a layperson understand/decide if a game appeals to a minor's violent nature? The wording seems awfully shoddy. Oh, I know why! The phrases are taken directly from first amendment cases.