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Brazilian Senator wants a ban on “offensive” videogames

Saturday, 5th December 2009 16:27 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Senador Valdir Raupp

Brazilian Senator Valdir Raupp has proposed a bill that would make it illegal to create, distribute, or import what he calls “offensive” videogames in the country.

According to Brazilian website UOL (via GamePolitics), the Education Commission of the Senate has approved the bill, and it has now gone into the Committee on Constitution and Justice for a vote.

The Senator’s motives for the proposal are to “curb the manufacture, distribution, importation, distribution, trading and custody, storage, the videogames that affect the customs, traditions of the people, their worship, creeds, religions and symbols.”

“Therefore, we seek to protect the principle of equality – for many the greatest of constitutional principles – with the characterization of such discriminatory conduct as a crime by making provision in the law,” he said.

Having previously banned games like Carmageddon, GTA and Postal, if passed, the bill could penalize offenders with one to three years of imprisonment.

Funnily enough, although probably only coincidental, Brazil has a rather large population of German descendants in the southern part of the country, although probably not as many as Argentina.

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  1. No_PUDding

    Lets worry about offensive beards first.

    Make me think of that Roald Dahl book, about the couple who have food in their beards.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. polygem

    politicians just fail all the time to solve the real crimes and problems in their countries. it gives them a huge ego boost if the can swing the ban hammer at virtual crimes. it makes them think they are still in controll. poor old men and women…

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mightyhokie

    Funny…I find censorship and ignorance to be more destructive to a culture and offensive to a peoples than anything I saw in GTA.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Scyrenn

    Now that you mention it, a new Carmageddon sequel would be nice, yes?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Cort

    But not offensive books, offensive films, offensive journalistic commentary … etc etc.

    To paraphrase a previous offensive politician, every time I hear politicians talk about morals I reach for a handgun.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Suikoden Fan

    i think the public should be able to ban politicians and senators.

    #6 5 years ago