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Issue Date: Vol. 43, No. 11, November 2003, Posted On: 11/10/2003

Nov. 10, 2003: Hundreds Of 'Redemption' Videos Seized In Florida; Congress Steps Up Pressure On Violent Media

475-Plus 'Redemption' Videos Seized In Florida

DELTONA, FL -- More than 475 video slot machines operated on a redemption basis were seized in raids on alleged felony gambling operations Nov. 6 and Nov. 7. A total of 12 adult arcades in Volusia County, St. Johns County and the city of Jackson were raided by law enforcement; one arrest was made. According to the Associated Press, the machines paid out tickets that could be redeemed for low-stakes prizes. Police said they will inspect machines to learn whether their computer programs restrict the number of times a player can win, making the devices illegal games of chance.


More Congressmen Push Federal Efforts To Curb Violent Media

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Nov. 6 held a "workshop" to investigate and discuss violent imagery in media that is marketed to minors. A panel of FTC executives viewed scenes from popular home video games, including a sniper themed title. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) charged that retail stores and the home video industry are "doing a pitiful job at self-regulation." Wolf called for citizens to consider lawsuits that could "have this go the way of tobacco." Wolf is chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, State, and Judiciary Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds the FTC. In related news, two other Congressional members of this subcommittee have formed a "Congressional Sex and Violence in the Media Caucus" to act as a watchdog on these issues; the leaders are actively recruiting fellow senators and representatives. Last spring, these same representatives and 19 other members of Congress sent a letter to Surgeon General Richard Carmona, asking him "to study the health implications of repeated and prolonged exposure to ultra violent and sexually explicit video games." The American Amusement Machine Association says it is closely watching these developments.



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