A Roundup of Sin Tax Proposals for Video Games

April 2, 2009 -

We've covered all of these video game sin tax proposals on GamePolitics at one point or another, but Reason has a concise roundup of legislative attempts to levy special taxes on games:

Texas ended up adopting a subtler system, in which the legislature created a video game subsidy and steered the money toward efforts that meet the state's "general standards of decency." I hope that means some programmer in Austin is making a game that lets you smoke some weed with Willie Nelson, hook up with Anna Nicole Smith, and then head down to the Alamo for a bloody standoff with Santa Anna.

The New York Times' Freakonomics blog weighs in on the topic as well:

Some proposals aim to tax only violent games (who knows it if would affect the forthcoming adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, in which sinners are the exclusive targets of horrific violence). Seriously, though, one can see the populist appeal of Louisiana’s “No Child Left Indoors” proposal, which would impose a 1 percent tax on video game equipment and televisions to fund outdoor recreation facilities.


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Re: A Roundup of Sin Tax Proposals for Video Games

Oh for fckes sake do a blanket 5% tax for new media sales(books inc'd) 2% goes to the state, the money can be used for real studies on media interaction effects and learning.

 


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It's only constitutional if you do all media anyway, otherwise it falls foul of equal protection.

The LA one has a chance, since it's not taxing the media.

 

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I'd be behind it if it just didn't sound so...stupid....

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"the forthcoming adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, in which sinners are the exclusive targets of horrific violence"

Didn't they learn their lesson with "Left Behind?"

This isn't making us look good...

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Well, that WAS part of the morale of Inferno, wasn't it? "You were born when Christianity didn't even exist and were practically a saint so you're in limbo. Rest of the guys? Not that lucky."

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What's wrong with that? Did you never play Afterlife?

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Now a measly 1% to help fund outdoor reacreation facilities, that i can understand, and even get behind.  but using tax breaks and stuff to control the directions of game development is just wrong.

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I hope they push that tax nation wide. Personaly I would not mind even a 2% tax if the money was going to recreational facilities or youth sports programs.

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"I hope that means some programmer in Austin is making a game that lets you smoke some weed with Willie Nelson, hook up with Anna Nicole Smith, and then head down to the Alamo for a bloody standoff with Santa Anna."

Too soon with the Anna Nicole Smith joke.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

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I don't get it, though maybe that's because I'm Scottish and missing some cultural reference, though I know who Anna Nicole is and I've vaguely heard of Willie Nelson and I've heard of the Alamo.

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Too soon? I was passing on jokes I was hearing the day she died!

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