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The Mexican authorities have used video games as a scapegoat when talking about the violence and high crime rates that plague the country. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has made it clear that, for his government, this harmless form of entertainment is a danger to young people.

This biased and erroneous point of view has generated a campaign against video games, as they are considered products that supposedly promote violence. As part of this strategy, the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection has just proposed that the sale of video games with adult content to minors be classified as a crime.

Through a statement, the agency released part of its strategy to address violence and crime in Mexico. Surprisingly, there is talk of video games and criminal reform to stop the sale of games classified as violent to minors.

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Selling violent video games to minors could become a crime

During the VIII Plenary Meeting of the Morena Parliamentary Group in the Chamber of Senators, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, head of the Secretariat for Security and Citizen Protection, spoke about the National Strategy for Public Security and the bases for addressing problems such as violence and crime in Mexico.

The relationship that young people have with technology was one of the central issues, as various adjustments to the legal framework are being studied to further protect children and adolescents. One of the proposals is that the sale of video games with violent or inappropriate content be a crime when it is made to minors.

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Icela Rodríguez stated that they are thinking of reforming criminal matters to “criminalize the sale of video games to minors that advocate violence and crime, as well as those that have content on drug use.”

He added that there is currently a legal vacuum regarding the protection of children and adolescents, who are targets of crimes or recruitment by criminal groups. These activities are carried out on social networks, digital platforms and video games, so they will analyze the issue to reinforce security and guarantee the integrity of minors.

“On this issue, you can help us create legal tools that facilitate the investigations carried out by the cyber police and that this type of behavior is punished and that the damage that these criminals do to Mexican children does not remain unpunished” added Icela Rodriguez.

And the video game age rating system?

Currently there are various types of regulations and tools so that players of all ages can enjoy this form of entertainment, knowing in advance the content they will find. Icela Rodríguez specifically referred to games with a Mature rating, aimed at people over 18 years of age, according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

In fact, the Ministry of the Interior proposed in 2020 its own video game classification and labeling system for Mexico. Thus, the equivalent of Mature games is the C rating, which also implies content for people over 18 years of age.

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