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    Filed at 8:14 pm under by dcobranchi

    Maybe it’s just me, but this feels like a total time trip:

    Cyber arcade operators who fail to check the ages of minors during school hours would face stiff fines under a new Board of Supervisors proposal intended to fight truancy caused by the exploding appeal of video games.

    If it passes, the penalty for ignoring the law, which would also cover the hours between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. before school days, could go up to $750 for repeat offenders.

    “We don’t want to see young people video-gaming during the school day,” said Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who heads the City Services Committee that recommended approval Thursday.

    Those darn kids — pretty soon they’ll be reading comic books, chugging malteds, and dancing! With girls! (Well, actually, if they’re gamers …)

    3 Responses to “SHAKEDOWN 1979”

    Comment by
    January 28th, 2005
    at 8:21 pm

    I’m sure glad the 7-11 clerk didn’t worry about this stuff when I was in junior high….

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 28th, 2005
    at 9:15 pm

    That’s trouble with a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” that stands for “pool.”

    Comment by
    January 29th, 2005
    at 12:55 pm

    How ironic. The most successful man alive today started out “playing computer games” and dropped out of college to do so. For about $100/year, Microsoft does more for my business and my life than any other product on the planet. If they would have had their “no computers or video games unless we say it is ok” rule during Bill Gate’s youth, he might have given up and there may have been no Microsoft and its vast partnerships.

    Educrats have no idea where innovation, motivation, and passion come from, and they don’t care. Yet they want to tell everyone else how to live and insure the school gets its money.

    My 17 year old just landed an internship at a major content creation software company for the movie industry. I don’t think they would have any use for anyone in her department who hadn’t spent a lot of time on computers, especially gaming and surfing the web.

    I guess someone without much gaming experience could sit at the reception desk. The phone answering job has already be taken by a computer.