January 20th, 2013 | by Thomas Williams
Video games and gaming culture have long permeated through American society, and the fear of the dangerous unknown is finally starting to subside. With some of today's politicians having grown up playing the likes of Grand Theft Auto or Mortal Kombat, it's good to see the fear increasingly being replaced by levelheadedness and understanding. However, it appears that congressmen and video games still don't always see eye to eye. Violent video games have come back under fire - due in part to recent tragic events - in the form of two new legislative bills. The first comes from Representative Diane Franklin, who is proposing to put in place a one percent tax on all violent video games in the state of Missouri. What defines a violent video game? According to Franklin, it would be any game with a T or above rating by the ESRB. While most M-rated games would certainly fall under the violent spectrum, T-rated games that are taxed for "violence" could include Guitar Hero, The Sims, and even The Legend of Zelda. Even M-rated games aren't always violent.