Texas May Force Sex Offenders To Register Gamertags

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Texas May Force Sex Offenders To Register Gamertags

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A bill that recently passed the Texas Senate could require sex offenders to register their online identifiers, which may include gamertags and MMOG characters.

HB 22, a bill that passed the Texas Senate yesterday, changes the state's sex offender registration policy to require convicted offenders to provide the government with some vital information about who they are: their name, date of birth, sex, race, shoe size, all that stuff you'd expect to find, but also every "alias, assumed name, nickname, or pseudonym, including a screen name, used by the person" and "other internet communication identifier."

Those categories are loose enough that they could very likely include the kind of names and identities used not just in social networks, but in online games: gamertags, MMOG characters and more.

The information will be distributed to state law enforcement and social networking sites, but could also be potentially requested by game companies, should the powers that be decide that it applies to online game identifiers. "It appears this law would apply to gamertags, although the final definition of what's covered in the law is up to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice," Chicago attorney Wesley Johnson told The Feed.

The bill has yet to be voted on by the Texas House and approved by the Governor, but should it pass, it sounds like game companies won't hesitate to get behind it (at least in spirit).

"While we don't have all of the details surrounding this specific bill in Texas or any of the implications it would have for online networks, Microsoft remains committed to abiding by all laws and providing a safe and fun environment for Xbox LIVE members," a Microsoft representative said.

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Bio: I once raped a kid in Reno.

Might not be what it forces me sex offenders to do, though it would be awesome if it did.

TBH I dont think the predators using xbl have anything to worry about. Even if theyre banned from playing all but +18 games, they'll still be playing with thousands of clueless tiny teens

Good idea but couldn't they just make an alt ?

Its texas, it will more than likely pass. I say good for them, if only we could get all the other biggots, racist, homophobes, and classist people on xbl to register their offenses would make playing on there more enjoyable.

I'm glad I'm not from Texas.

MA7743W:
Good idea but couldn't they just make an alt ?

That's what I was wondering. Given how easily you can have multiple characters in an MMO, how well is this really likely to work?

I think it's a good idea...

There should be a little *SEX OFFENDER* button next to their Gamertag or MMOG name to show that they're registered sex offenders...
I just think that would be funny. >->;

As with all things sex offender: it's not the punishment, it's the definition of the offender, with which I have a problem.

In NC and several other states, if you urinate in back alley and somebody happens to see, you have to register. That's considered a sex offense.

Not quite the same as raping a child. A dude gets drunk and takes a leak and BAM: his life is over. A little strict.

Susan Arendt:

MA7743W:
Good idea but couldn't they just make an alt ?

That's what I was wondering. Given how easily you can have multiple characters in an MMO, how well is this really likely to work?

They could be forced to hand over account names, not just character names. Making a new account is a bit more convoluted on the part of the offender in order to make it unable to track.

xmetatr0nx:
Its texas, it will more than likely pass. I say good for them, if only we could get all the other biggots, racist, homophobes, and classist people on xbl to register their offenses would make playing on there more enjoyable.

Amen to that. And I don't even use XBL.

xmetatr0nx:
Its texas, it will more than likely pass. I say good for them, if only we could get all the other biggots, racist, homophobes, and classist people on xbl to register their offenses would make playing on there more enjoyable.

If you did that, there wouldn't be anyone left on XBL...

Texas trying way too hard is nothing new.

Iteabag of <Texas Sex-offender> ?

As much as this sounds like a good idea, its passing seems unlikely. Then again, it is Texas.

Good idea! It's kinda easy to gt around, but still, at least they are trying.

ANd what happens when I'm merrily skipping along, only to find that a sex offender is using my gamertag on another server?

Awww man... I gotta register my WoW names now? Dammit.. my new name is gonna be "THE SEX OFFENDER" Elven Mage dude...

And how is this going to affect others with the same "alias, assumed name, nickname, or pseudonym, including a screen name"?

Shapsters:
Good idea! It's kinda easy to gt around, but still, at least they are trying.

Alleged_Alec:
And how is this going to affect others with the same "alias, assumed name, nickname, or pseudonym, including a screen name"?

It's not really that hard to link account info with a specific Gamertag. Any Gamertag used by said offender could be marked with something, but the same name on another server would not be marked.

Also, not registering an account or Gamertag would get them in trouble. It seems like it would be similar to sex offenders having to register like they do now. If they don't register a new account/Gamertag, then they can be punished.

Imagine seeing someone with this written over their name:
SEX OFFENDER

cjbos81:
I'm glad I'm not from Texas.

Why? you a sex offender? :P

oh snap crackle pop

looks like Texas is getting risque again in their lawmaking

NoMoreSanity:
Bio: I once raped a kid in Reno.

To watch him... get raped?

Would the gaming companies have to agree to this?

No crime beyond murder deserves a lifetime punishment.

Susan Arendt:

MA7743W:
Good idea but couldn't they just make an alt ?

That's what I was wondering. Given how easily you can have multiple characters in an MMO, how well is this really likely to work?

Well, the bill states that they'd have to let the authorities know every time they make a new "online identifier," so every time they make a new email address, Facebook account etc, so I guess they would be required by law to register every single alt they'd make. Or they could just not do that.

randommaster:

Shapsters:
Good idea! It's kinda easy to gt around, but still, at least they are trying.

Alleged_Alec:
And how is this going to affect others with the same "alias, assumed name, nickname, or pseudonym, including a screen name"?

It's not really that hard to link account info with a specific Gamertag. Any Gamertag used by said offender could be marked with something, but the same name on another server would not be marked.

My problem is that, for example, you see a gamertag with a sex offender mark and go online to a forum or something and see someone with the same name, those people could be mistaken for sex offenders.

Keane Ng:

Susan Arendt:

MA7743W:
Good idea but couldn't they just make an alt ?

That's what I was wondering. Given how easily you can have multiple characters in an MMO, how well is this really likely to work?

Well, the bill states that they'd have to let the authorities know every time they make a new "online identifier," so every time they make a new email address, Facebook account etc, so I guess they would be required by law to register every single alt they'd make. Or they could just not do that.

You mean roughly the same way I'm required by law to drive under the posted speed limit? Yeaaaaaaah, that's gonna work.

THere is no problem letting others know that you are a felon. I see no issue with that! If you're on xbox live and your talking to a sex-offended, wouldn't you want to know? I would! I definitely wouldn't want my kids online playing with them if I were a parent! I understand that not everyone is exactly or accurately tried for thier cases... especially dealing with statutory rape in Texas because I grew up there and I know, but there are still consequences for your actions people!

What's next, they'll need to wear a T-shirt saying "I rape people"?

Keane Ng:
HB 22, a bill that passed the Texas Senate yesterday, changes the state's sex offender registration policy to require convicted offenders to provide the government with some vital information about who they are: their name, date of birth, sex, race, shoe size, all that stuff you'd expect to find

That made me laugh. The shoe size bit.

IamSARAhearMYgrr:
THere is no problem letting others know that you are a felon. I see no issue with that! If you're on xbox live and your talking to a sex-offended, wouldn't you want to know? I would! I definitely wouldn't want my kids online playing with them if I were a parent! I understand that not everyone is exactly or accurately tried for thier cases... especially dealing with statutory rape in Texas because I grew up there and I know, but there are still consequences for your actions people!

You do realize that the sexual offender registry includes people who "urinated in public"? Who, by megan's law, must inform basically everyone (including potential employers) they are "registered sex offenders"?

Urinating in public includes "the side of the road on a 20 hour car ride", you know.

Sex offender registries just don't work. For several reasons... More than I'd care to post, since it's off of just one article I read (one that cited other articles, but just one that I personally read).

Yeah this i'll end well :/

Let's alienate them as much as possible and make sure that they have no chance what so ever to get rid of that mark whether it was decades ago and they've long since moved on. That way they'll be always alone and friendless and therefore they won't ever commit rape ever again right? While we're at it why not publish peoples medical journals, crime records and pictures of your most embarrasing deformaties to make sure that you never ever socialise with the wrong kind of people.

Wouldn't it be enough just to check up in their chat logs every once in a while just to make sure that they don't get in touch with children?

tk1989:

cjbos81:
I'm glad I'm not from Texas.

Why? you a sex offender? :P

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Yes.

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