Utah Rep Introduces New Video Game Labeling Bill

Whatever you or I might think the correct response to horrifying gun violence is, we can rest assured that congress intends to do everything possible to make sure that the weirdo blippity bleepity things the kids these days like so much are held primarily responsible. Earlier today, Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a new bill that, if passed, “require ratings label on video games” and “prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors.”

Details of h.r. 287 have not been published, but I think we can all agree that by requiring a ratings system for a product which already has a ratings system, all our problems will be solved forever. After all, crime in America is at historic low levels and has been declining sharply since the early 90s. Clearly, this means video games are contributing to an increase in crime OH WAIT.

We’ll see how this transpires, especially in the context of the study on video games and violence proposed by the President yesterday.

Via Game Politics.

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4 Comments on Utah Rep Introduces New Video Game Labeling Bill


On January 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

It’s like a bipartisan race to the bottom to see who can come up with the dumbest legislation.


On January 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

I don’t get it…
Video games already have a rating system. Is this guy asking for a second one on the same box or a new one to replace the current one?
Or is he simply completely ignorant?


On January 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

http://thehill.com/images/stories/blogs/flooraction/jan2013/hr287.pdf is the text of the bill. Combining a bit of stupidity with nanny-state government, followed by something the Courts already declared unconstitutional in a 7-2 ruling.

Nothing to see here.


On January 18, 2013 at 9:07 am

Next thing you know, he’s gonna be giving impassioned speeches about how the intertubes are not a big truck.

Congress is a comedy gold mine, cause’ it’s one of the few places where somebody can loudly proclame opinions on stuff that they know literally NOTHING about to the national press corps, and not get called on it.