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EU wants crackdown on violent game sales

European commisssioner for justice and security, Franco Frattini, is calling for a unified crackdown on the sale of violent videogames to minors.

European commisssioner for justice and security, Franco Frattini, is calling for a unified crackdown on the sale of violent videogames to minors.

The EU politician is hoping to introduce new legislation within six months, proposing that tougher sanctions are imposed on retailers caught selling mature-rated titles to under-age consumers.

"I want to harmonise rules punishing people illegally selling products, people not controlling and checking identity," Frattini told Reuters.

The politician wants unified rules across Europe, but also expects individual countries to decide which titles should face sale restrictions.

"We cannot judge from Brussels which videogames should be prohibited," he said.

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