INDIANAPOLIS -- Last week mayor Bart Peterson here signed a law banning minors from playing coin-operated video games with graphic violence or sexual content unless accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
A fine of $200 per day can be assessed against non-complying businesses, and their licenses can be revoked after three violations within a one-year period.
The video game industry is expected to challenge the law, which is reportedly the first such regulation in a major U.S. city.
In related news, British Columbia attorney general Andrew Petter announced in Vancouver the same day that the province will develop its own mandatory rating system for violent video games.
That follows a decision the previous week to restrict sales of the violent "Soldier of Fortune" game by reclassifying it from the industry's "Mature" category to the more restrictive "Adult."
'Jaws' Sets DVD Record
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- The DVD debut of "Jaws" from Universal Studios Home Video here set a record as the first classic DVD title to ship one million units.
"Supermarkets have really embraced this title," said Craig Kornblau, Universal president. "We have created an event around a classic."
Universal also has the studio record of six DVD titles shipping over one million copies. Others are "The Mummy," "End of Days," "American Pie," and two DreamWorks films, "Saving Private Ryan" and "Galaxy Quest."