Oklahoma's Proposed Video Game Tax is Dead in the Water

By Eder Campuzano

February 24, 2012

Earlier this month Oklahoma State Representative William Fourkiller proposed a tax on video games rated Teen, Mature and Adults-Only. Well, the state’s revenue and tax subcommittee has convened and decided not to pursue the legislation by a 5-6 vote.

You can check out the meeting minutes from the subcommittee’s gathering here. Representative Mike Reynolds brings up an interesting point that’s obvious to anyone who plays games habitually but seems to evade those who don’t. “So you’re saying video games cause obesity?” he asks Fourkiller.

“They can contribute to obesity,” Fourkiller responds.

That’s when State Representative Pat Owenby chimes in.

“Why just video games? Why not French fries or rap music or movies?” he said.

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Fourkiller’s response is good for a nice, long laugh.

“We have to start somewhere,” he said.

How about that? The original intent of the bill wasn’t to censor violent content but to help slim down the underage population in the Sooner State. What’s more concerning here is that somebody in Oklahoma thinks rap music could contribute to childhood obesity. Maybe it’s the high-sugar content of whatever’s in those crunk cups. Are those even a thing anymore?

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Eder Campuzano

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.

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