A resolution has passed unanimously in the Commission for Legal Affairs and would make it illegal to sell games rated PEGI 16 or 18 to under-age minors. Swiss parliament will now have a chance to vote on the measure.
A second, and more troubling
motion, would call for a complete ban of violent and adult-themed videogames within the country. This motion passed too, though with a closer vote of nine to three, and will also head off to parliament for vote.
One of the backers of this proposal
is Social Democrat Evi Allemann who said:
Such games do not make each one a killer, but they increase the willingness of those who are already vulnerable. A blanket ban on such games therefore seems appropriate
and proportionate, especially since they do not have any worth protecting cultural and social content and there are thousands of other exciting games that work without such extreme violence.
Surely a nutter that will wind up
the game playing public.
Two resolutions dealing with violent videogames have been passed by the Switzerland's National Council.
The first resolution, proposed by Christian Democratic Party member and National Councillor Norbert Hochreutener, would make it illegal to sell
PEGI 16 or 18-rated games to minors.
The second resolution, backed by Social Democrat Evi Allemann, called for a complete ban of violent and adult-themed videogames.
Alleman's proposal passed on a 19-12 vote. A translated passage from
Alleman's motion states:
The Federal Council is asked to submit to Parliament a statutory basis, which allows the manufacture, touting, importation, sale and distribution of game programs, to prohibit, in which
cruel acts of violence against humans and humanlike creatures for the game success.
The passing of the motions will now set off the process of drafting laws to implement the two motions.
According to the politician behind a proposed Swiss law to ban violent video games, the ban would not blindly outlaw all violent games.
Swiss Social Democrat Evi Allemann indicated that the ban would apply only to individual games. She
estimated that, like in Germany, only 12 or so games would wind up being banned, including titles such as Mortal Kombat and Manhunt (which are banned in Germany), but not the likes of Counter-Strike .
Allemann would specifically focus on games which display cruel acts of violence that a player contributes to.
Allemann also said that the PEGI rating system is not enough and intimating that Switzerland and/or Europe needs an
independent federal agency to rate games, one that is free of any ties to the gaming industry.