The Our View editorial of Feb. 5, "Enforce video game ratings," the opinion stated, of the fine "would provide some teeth to the video game industry standards." I would tend to agree. However if such a thing is done, video games as an entertainment and art form should not be singled out. The same fine should be levied to underage sales of any retailer selling CDs with a parental advisory sticker, DVDs that are R rated, or movie theaters that let in underage views to R or NC-17 rated movies.
The singling out of violent video games from other violent media is just placing blame for a social issue that has much deeper roots than just the latest entertainment fad. A recent study of video game violence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found no link between violent video games and actual violence, and actually found that playing multi-player games helped decision making, and responding well under stressful situations.
If there is need to place fines for violent media, which there might be, do so in a fair and equitable fashion, rather than singling out one form of entertainment as the villain of the piece.