Washington state outlaws the sale of some videogames to minors

In a highly anticipated move reported by CNN, the Governor of Washington state has signed into law a bill that will prevent the sale of video games depicting violence against law enforcement officials.

The bill was discussed extensively at E3, both because it largely ignores the existing ESRB standards and instead sets a new standard based solely on the inclusion of violence against law enforcement figures, and because it is seen as a potentially first shot in the war against online sales of video games.

Questions about the bill were also raised by the US Army as they pondered the possibility that downloading the Army's recruiting game America's Army might well be illegal now that the bill has been signed into law.