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Issue Date: Vol. 45, No. 4, April 2005, Posted On: 4/22/2005

April 22, 2005: North Carolina Senate Passes Violent Video Ban; Steve Blattspieler Memorial Planned For Chicago; First Quarter Profits Up At Chuck E. Cheese's


RALEIGH, NC - The North Carolina State Senate yesterday voted 47-0 to pass a bill banning minors' access to violent video games, specifically including arcade games. The bill now moves to the House. As authored by chief sponsor, Sen. Julia Boseman (D-Wilmington), SB-S2 prohibits "disseminating to a minor a video game that is harmful to minors" and says that "video games that are harmful to minors shall be located in an area not open to view by minors." The bill also requires retailers and arcades to post ratings. "Harmful to minors" is defined as containing graphic violence, which in turn is defined as "realistic visual depiction of serious injury to human beings, actual or virtual, including aggravated assault, decapitation, dismemberment or death." Failure to screen off violent games in a separate area labeled "adults only" would be a class one misdemeanor; failure to post ratings would be a class three misdemeanor. Boseman said she knows violent video bans have been struck down as unconstitutional in other states, but declared: "If we have to fight, then it's worth the fight."


'In California this week the judiciary committee passed a ban on violent video games for minors sponsored by Assemblyman Leland Yee (D-San Diego). If approved by the arts committee, as expected, the bill would go to the full Assembly for a vote.



CHICAGO , Andamiro USA, along with a group of trade colleagues and friends, have planned a memorial celebration for the late Steve Blattspieler, who passed away on April 3. The event, including food and drinks, will take place here on Friday, May 6, at the Hyatt Regency on Wacker Drive from 6:00-9:00 PM. A special room rate of $159 has been negotiated by W. T. Glasgow Inc., an industry trade show producer. Housing forms will be available through the event organizers, Satinder Bhutani of Andamiro and Ron Carrara of Lazer-Tron. Those who plan to attend are requested to RSVP by April 29. Bhutani can be reached by calling (310) 809-4361 or by e-mailing satinb@andamirousa.com. Carrara's can be contacted at (770) 865-0060 or ron.carrara@cadillacjack.com. A housing form also can be obtained by calling W.T. Glasgow at (708) 226-1 300.



IRVING, TX , CEC Entertainment Inc.'s first quarter revenue increased to $214.1 million, compared with $206.9 million in the first quarter of 2004. Net income in the first quarter, which ended April 3, ticked up slightly to $32.3 million, compared with $31.4 million a year earlier. CEC, which operates Chuck E. Cheese's entertainment centers, said new store openings pushed revenue up by 3.5%. The quarter's comparable store sales declined 1.8%.


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