Bill Calling for Study of Violent Games Has Died; May Revive by Month’s End

A bill introduced in Congress after the Connecticut shooting that called for a study into the effects of violent video games and other media on children died when the 112th session ended on January 2.

Originally introduced on December 17, 2012, the bill called for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children. Namely:

  • Whether there is a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children.
  • Whether there is a connection between exposure to violent video programming and harmful effects on children.

The bill asks the group to examine whether violent video games cause children to act aggressively or causes cognitive harm to children, have a disproportionately harmful effect on children already prone to aggressive behavior, or have a harmful effect that is distinguishable from any negative effects produced by other types of media.

The bill’s author, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, plans to reintroduce the bill during this session, likely by the end of the month, a staffer at the senator’s office told Polygon. If the bill passes, it would be the eighth such study conducted by the FTC since the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. None of the previous seven found any link between violent video games and violence in children.

Meanwhile, Southington, Connecticut has called off its video game burning.

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6 Comments on Bill Calling for Study of Violent Games Has Died; May Revive by Month’s End


On January 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

THe definition of insanity?


On January 10, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Religion is the cause of more deaths every year than anything else. Most of the people demonising videogames are the same people who follow the Bible – or whatever the current given interpretation of it is – at all times, providing it’s only the parts they want to follow and not the stuff they don’t like.

Roy Batty

On January 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm


I follow the Bible (interesting that you capitalized) and I am a gamer, have been for a very long time and I say that people kill people; not guns, cars, knives, or video games. There are people who choose to be evil plain and simple. It is also interesting that you mention “religion” and the word “Bible”, only one group that I know of calls their holy book “Bible” are Christians which is exactly who you are targeting…this is hate speech..and I pity you.

All of the fools in DC are using the evens in Connecticut as a means to gain more power by control and they are counting on ignorance as a means to an end. They produce phony rage and phony tears all the while using fear to further their cause.


On January 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

First of all the ESRB ratings are there for a reason. Secondly yes religion is reponsible for a great many deaths throughout history, it’s not hate speech it’s just facts. Lastly if you take away violent games, movies, music and guns, you know what will happen? The answer is nothing, there is always violent humans. P.S. I have seen real violence in my life and it has hit me harder than any song,movie, or video game.


On January 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Dismissing the absolutely ignorant nonsense Throbber says…..

Yeah, this is just like the studies that happen every year, normally during the spring, when gas prices increase. Everyone complains “price fixing”, they call forth Big Oil, demonize em in front of cameras (then have checks written to them when the cameras leave by the companies!), and commission a study to show the price fixing. Normally around the end of the year the study is released showing no price fixing evident, that the day to day price of gasoline is far too complex to respond to brute force price fixing. Yet that doesn’t stop Congress, typically around the next Spring, from commissioning another study and the entire circle of life repeats itself.

They aren’t actually interested in the effects of video games on THE CHILDREN, they are interested in getting free publicity, and more often than not using these events as PR stunts to get more campaign cash from activist groups, because, afterall, nobody wants to be opposed to THE CHILDREN.

Roy, I wouldn’t call them “fools.” As you noted, they know precisely what they are doing, and they are doing it because…. it works.

They also don’t like that the ESRB is largely self-policing. The idea that companies can regulate their own behavior by working together with industry pros and psychologists and outside groups without giving Uncle Sam a cut is preposterous.


On January 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

People might be interested in this.

The man commissioning the report is retiring in 2014 ahead of almost certain defeat (for other reasons, namely that West Virginia is no longer the Democratic stronghold it was when he began his career.)