So, I ran across something interesting today regarding video games and sex offenders that I hadn't expected and wanted to share it with ATS. Please
understand while reading this that I have a very low tolerance for pedophilia but being classified as a sex offender by the state does not in any way
shape or form automatically make you an evil child raping monster. Every case is different and I think some people would be surprised to find out what
or how little can earn you that title.
That said, lets take a look at what the newest trend is from law enforcement, video game and internet technology companies as it pertains to sex
offenders. You be the judge.
2,100 more sex offenders banned from online games
The main point of the article is that they are not allowing people that have been deemed to be sex offenders to play online games such as Age of
Conan, Guild Wars 2 and games that have a persistent online community it would seem.
THQ, NCSoft, Gaia Online, and Funcom join growing list of companies agreeing to remove New York's registered sex offenders from online platforms.
These are all major gaming companies, no doubt they are looking to limit there perceived risk of liability should something happen involving a sex
offender but the thing I find odd here is that Funcom, the makers of "Age of Conan" which is an online role playing game that ironically features
topless female characters and NPCs and depicts female sex slaves, females chained up and prostitution. IE: Sex offenses.
An additional 2,100 registered sex offenders have been removed from online gaming platforms in New York, attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman
announced today through his website. The bannings are part of the "Operation: Game Over" initiative, which earlier this year removed more than 3,500
sex offenders from online networks in the state.
New York sure is "progressive".
New York had the cooperation of five new game companies for its latest round of sex offenders purges, including THQ, Funcom, NCSoft, and Gaia Online.
The fifth company was not named. These publishers join a growing list of firms agreeing to remove sex offenders from their online networks that
includes Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive, Warner Bros., and Sony.
So, the thread title is indeed accurate as Blizzard is mentioned in the participating companies list. If you are considered a sex offender and live in
New York, you will NOT be playing World of Warcraft unless you create an account with somebody else's name (But that's a crime too).
"The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century, and we must ensure that online video game platforms do not become a digital playground for
dangerous predators," Schneiderman said in a statement. "That means doing everything possible to block sex offenders from using gaming systems as a
vehicle to prey on underage victims."
Now, I see where their coming from and it is tempting to want to agree in the name of keeping children safer but I question the legality and
constitutionality of this legislation and I am just not convinced this is something the government is competent enough to develop and oversee
properly. Largely because they do not care for things on an individual basis and like to throw a huge blanket over everyone they want to classify into
a single category.
As part of New York's Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP), convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail
addresses, screen names, and similar identifiers for the purposes of limiting their access to certain online networks. Operation: Game Over represents
the first time the law has been invoked relative to online gaming.
Yeah, I think having to submit this kind of information to the government for every person they deem as a sex offender is overly intrusive. I can see
the direction they want to take the law but I think it comes as too high a price. I can also definitely see this infrastructure and system being used
in the future for offenders of different types as well.
What should be done in my opinion is New York should spend of those resources on more accurately labeling offenses in this category. I do not wan't to
see young adults that have been charged and convicted of "sexting" lumped into the same category as child molesters and have the state tell me they
are the same and deserve equal continued degradation of their rights.
For me at least, the fact that the state does this is almost as offensive to me as some of the things they list as crimes that can have you labeled a
sex offender for in the first place.
edit on 21-2-2013 by Helious because:
(no reason given)