By CCN: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) is introducing a bill to ban what Variety calls, “exploitative video game industry practices that target children like loot boxes and pay-to-win.” Loot boxes are paid upgrades in video games that players can buy. One in-app purchase Hawley’s office called out by name was the $150 Luscious Bundle on Activision Blizzard‘s Candy Crush.
“Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits. No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: there is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices.”
Candy Crush In-App Purchase Ban Is a Moral Panic
Josh, you’re a 39-year-old U.S. Senator from Missouri.
Why are you acting like Dolores Umbridge from Hogwarts?
This is the pettiest tyranny I could imagine a U.S. senator indulging in. Doesn’t a U.S. senator have bigger fish to fry than video game companies?
Like Al-Qaeda or something?
This is the U.S. government today?
Good Lord, it’s petty.
Josh Hawley is trying to drum up an alarmist media narrative by claiming video games “prey on user addiction.” Video games don’t “prey on user addiction.” They’re just fun, buddy.
Hawley wants to try and hearken back to the good old days before mobile phones and Candy Crush. But I remember the good old days when politicians used to kiss babies. Senator Hawley is trying to take candy away from babies.
He’d have been trying to get a ban against printing companies making books for children in the 1700s. Books “prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world.”
This guy Senator Hawley would have tried to ban Benjamin Franklin and George Washington from reading when they were kids. Then we wouldn’t have…