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Is soccer mom carjacking game too much?

Lawmakers decry video violence

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CNN's Daniel Sieberg talks to the president of ESRB -- Entertainment Software Ratings Board -- the entity responsible for the rating system used on video games. (May 15)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some members of Congress say they favor controlling the sale of video games that feature violence and adult themes.

Rep. Joe Baca, D-California, sponsored legislation that would limit the sale of games such as "Grand Theft Auto Three'' to adults.

Baca said the game allows players to "take out prostitutes, carjack soccer moms, use illegal drugs and kill police officers.''

Baca chaired an "informational hearing'' in Washington on Wednesday, which included a presentation of "mature'' video games that included depictions of violence and sex.

Daphne White, director of the Lion and Lamb Project, which opposes the marketing of violence to children, testified that "mature-rated'' video games are the fastest growing segment of the video game industry.

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