How Does a Violent Game Tax Affect The PlayStation 4?

It's common for video games to “come under fire,” so to speak, in the wake of any national tragedy involving guns. Since the December 14th, 2012 shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, politicians, such as United States President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, have taken a look at video games in ways that no politician has yet to do. After meeting with numerous special rights groups and advisers, Joe Biden has agreed with a solution offered by Reverend Franklin Graham that he feels may help curb violent games: taxing them.

Biden has stated there is “no legal reason” why violent video games couldn't be taxed and, while this same tax could apply to movies and music as well, video games would be the first target due to the interactivity of them. Now, before everyone gets up in arms and the comment section devolves into an anti-Biden environment, keep in mind that Biden isn't suggesting that this tax go into action immediately; he merely stated it was a good idea and future research would be necessary to see if violent video games are impacting the youth of the United States.

What kind of impact could this tax have on the PlayStation 4? After all, the PS4 reveal conference was noted as being nothing but violent game after violent game for the most part with only a few exceptions. Watch Dogs, InFamous: Second Son, Killzone and even the Square Enix engine demonstration all relied on violence and guns as a way to solve problems. Yes, there were games like The Witness shown but the majority of publishers prefer to make violent games and those are the games that sell the most; this is unfortunately a fact of the industry. Would a violent game tax change that?

Potentially, yes. Depending on the size of the tax, it might sway people off buying violent games. Depending on your state, taxes range from an extra $3 to $5 per game on average. Would the average consumer be willing to pay another $5 to $10 just for that new violent game? How Does a Violent Game Tax Affect The PlayStation 4?Or would they rather pocket the money to go play something that can tell a gripping story without the need for bloodshed? We may see developers and publisher opt for softer experiences on the PlayStation 4 just to avoid this tax. One of the most common reasons for a smoker to quit is the high prices of cigarettes, due in part to the taxation upon them. We may see many people "quitting" violent video games in the same fashion.

Where would the line be drawn when it comes to violence? Games like Thief are proclaiming you can play through the entire game without harming a soul. Will a game be taxed because it has the potential for violence? What constitutes violence at all? Is it gunplay, or just a fistfight? Would Street Fighter be considered too violent?

These are all important questions that the government must strongly consider before implementing a violent game tax; luckily for us, proper research is being done before any bills are passed. It's likely that we may see such a bill come into fruition during the PlayStation 4, at which point the entire industry may change as a reaction. We'll keep a close eye on the political landscape at PS4 Experts and alert you of any changes that may impact how you view and play PS4 games.

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 5/20/2013

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tax the parents who purchase

tax the parents who purchase violence for their children, an adult of legal age(18+) buying game should not suffer because some parents are lazy, this is a slippery slope and it bodes not well for any of us

think about it

That's hard to do considering the parents would just say they are getting it for themselves to not have to pay it. Mentally ill people are still going to do crazy things...has happened throughout history they just change the names of the people as time goes. Pirates, outlaws, serial killers, mental health patients....all the same.

Not all the same

Im sure you all know that the mentally ill and criminals are not the same type of descriptor, realize that piracy is the way to go for anything, if you have a hard time buying M-rated games (your a kid or in jail or something) then ask some one who is 18 to buy it for "themselves" with the money you give them, and then get it back from them. Pirates are on boats, outlaws are cowboys, serial killers are sexually deranged and mental health patients are the losers in all of this

Explain the difference then

If there is a difference between them explain it. I understand if someone killed people because they looked like demons to him and he thought they were trying to kill them....that's one thing but look at sandy hook elementary they say the kid had mental health issues but there is fine line between mental health patient and deranged serial killer. Some people kill because they enjoy it? Does that make them mentally ill? By definition maybe but whos to say our definition is right...people have been killing since the beginning of man.


another way to drain maney out of an american society that is struggling as it is. granted they are already spending money on a video game but they are going to charge another tax on top of sales tax? this is rediculous...

This is such a drag

All the government does is start wars and charge tax.

No kiddin'

We should get a tax break for all the violence the fed gov participates in and even more if they initiate the violence. Hell, we wouldn't have to pay taxes anymore. Well except for the game tax. Lol