Issue Date: Vol. 46, No. 4, April 2006, Posted On: 3/30/2006
MARCH 30, 2006: U.S. Senate, Missouri Slam Violent Games; FEC Is One Of U.S.A.’s Largest; Iowa Ops Seek Delay On Touch-Play Ban; AAMCF Raises $30,000+ For Charities; HBI Sets June 15 Charity Golf Outing; Fed. & State Governments Oppose Violent Video
SENATE, MISSOURI SLAM VIOLENT GAMES
WASHINGTON, DC and JEFFERSON, MO — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on constitutional issues viewed violent scenes from current home video games this week, as industry opponents charged that “Today’s video games are more graphic, more realistic and more barbaric.” Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) helmed the hearings, which were designed to investigate the constitutionality of state laws restricting access to violent games. Meanwhile in Missouri, Rep. Jeff Harris (D-Columbia) showed equally troubling scenes to his fellow lawmakers as he introduced HB 1461 this week. The bill would require “all video games” to post ratings from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, making no distinction between coin-operated and consumer products. Harris proposes fines up to $5,000 for violations.
SUPERPLAY USA OPENS 70,000-SQ.FT FEC IN FLORIDA
PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL — SuperPlay USA held its grand opening on March 17. The FEC is one of the world’s largest, with more than 5,000 sq. ft. of arcade space, pool, miniature golf, laser tag, batting cages, 48 lanes of bowling and branded food. The owner, Frank Family Entertainment Group, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In 1906 Samuel Frank of Philadelphia founded the company, which has owned, operated and developed over 150 entertainment venues including arcades, game centers, nickelodeons, motion picture theaters, restaurants, nightclubs, water parks, bowling centers and skate parks. The website is http://www.superplayusa.com.
IOWA OPERATORS SEEK DELAY ON MACHINE BAN
DES MOINES, IA — Iowa lawmakers passed a ban on Touch-Play lottery machines this month, requiring operators to shut down the machines 45 days after the law takes effect. Gov. Tom Vilsack has announced he’ll sign the bill. The popular devices, which vend tickets redeemable for cash, have earned $63 million during fiscal 2006, according to local press reports. The Associated Press reports that 2,600 businesses have formed the Iowa Touch-Play Coalition to ask lawmakers for a two-year phase-out. If no such accommodation is offered, say Coalition leaders, they may file a class action lawsuit to seek an injunction.
AAMA’s CHARITABLE ARM RAISES $30,000-PLUS
CHICAGO — The American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation raised more than $30,000 here at this month’s Amusement Showcase International. The 11th annual edition of the Silent Auction, supported by donations from dozens of AAMA member companies, raised nearly $16,000. The Pot O’ Gold raffle raised $8,000 for chances to win a range of consumer goods. The second annual AAMCF Texas Hold’em charity poker game also raised several thousand dollars and was supported by AAMA, AMOA, CBS Sales, Firestone, Rowe, Merit, Pace-O-Matic, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, TLC Industries and W.T. Glasgow, Inc. as well as grand prize sponsor BMI Gaming. AAMCF’s funds will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network and Kids Enjoy Exercise Now.
H. BETTI INUSTRIES SETS ANNUAL GOLF BENEFIT FOR JUNE 15
CARLSTADT, NJ — The Sixth Annual H. Betti Industries Golf Outing will be held on June 15 at the Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale, NJ. The event begins at and will be followed by an enjoyable dinner. The annual event benefits Tomorrow’s Children Fund, a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to treating children with cancer and serious blood disorders. Information on the HBI golf outing can be had by emailing Jennifer Short at email@example.com or Joe Ingui at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (201) 438-1300. To learn more about Tomorrow’s Children Fund, visit http://www.atcfkid.com.
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