Congressman Proposes Health Warning Label for Video Games
Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto, CA.) has introduced the “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011″ which would require any game rated Teen or higher by the ESRB to be given a cautionary label:
“WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”
Co-conspirator on the bill Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) compared video games to cigarettes.
“Just as we warn smokers of the health consequences of tobacco, we should warn parents – and children — about the growing scientific evidence demonstrating a relationship between violent video games and violent behavior,” Wolf said. “As a parent and grandparent, I think it is important people know everything they can about the extremely violent nature of some of these games.”
I’m so glad my elected representatives can brand video games as something as destructive as alcohol and tobacco with only anecdotal proof they actually do what this label claims, unlike say lung cancer from smoking (which is directly related to that product).
Thanks GamePolitics for the heads up.