Proposed Oklahoma Legislation Would Tax Teen, Mature and Adults-Only Titles

on February 2, 2012 6:30 PM

You know how every week or so you see a news report pop up about the increasing popularity of video games contributing to the American obesity epidemic? Well, Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller thinks a tax on titles rated suitable for teens and adults holds part of the answer. A bill he introduced in the Oklahoma House would take a 1 percent cut from the sales of these games, which in most cases amounts to about 6 cents.

Many states impose “sin taxes,” which impose tariffs for products like alcohol or tobacco. It’s easy to see where Fourkiller gets his logic. Too bad a court might deem this an infringement of free speech, a decision in which most arguments regarding games ends. When the State of California tried it, that debacle ended with the ESA receiving settlement of about $1.3 million. Then again, with a name like Fourkiller, maybe there are ulterior motives.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.