Violence in Video Games Labeling Act Reintroduced

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. On March 19, US Representatives Joe Baca and Frank Wolf reintroduced a bill that would require games to bear a health warning label stating:

“WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

Baca tried to get the bill passed twice before; first in 2009, then again in January. Third time’s a charm, right?

Baca said:

The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families and to consumers — to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility.

Wolf compares 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.

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 grew up playing Mortal Kombat, arguably the most violent video game in history, and I’ve never raised a fist in anger. I suppose it does no harm to include these labels, but I bet it’ll entail a great monetary investiture that could have instead been spent on parental educating courses. I’m sorry, but good parenting trumps “evil” video games.


via VG247

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8 Comments on Violence in Video Games Labeling Act Reintroduced

rawveggie

On March 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hater’s are going to hate. I’m flatly against putting any labeling on games because it doesn’t fuel anything besides ignorance.
Maybe one day people will vote out the politician that like to reinforce ignorance in their constituency.

PAL-18

On March 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

If they’re going to slap a notice on video games, at least be fair to everything else that causes aggression. Also slap the notice on Alcohol, TV’s and Sport Game broadcasts.

bob

On March 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

lazy ing right wing christian parents

G.A.R.B.A.G.E

On March 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Please tell Joe Baca and Frank Wolf that that this aggressive behavior, is exactly what their war machines in Washington seek when they are recruiting these children when they turn 18, for their oil territory / terrorist wars. Joe and Frank, where are the surgeon general health warning labels stating the related links to PTSD and further aggressive behavior after enlistment, prior to the military enlistment process?

Those children that grow up violent enough to make it into our wonderful for-profit-prison-systems instead, its unfortunate, but probably more of the environment they were raised ins fault, rather than a video games fault, but chalk it up as another win for our country and good’ol for -profit capitalism…right Joe, Frank? Maybe some surgeon general health warning labels are needed for stating the related heath risks linked to being incarcerated with aggressive behavior and gang rape, would help keep some of these people to stay out?

Seriously are there not bigger things to concern themselves with?
Who bought them the game? Who sold it to them? Did they steal it?

GAMES already have ESRB, and the majorly of game manufactures do comply with the responsibility of adding these ESRB labels.
As a grandparent or parent that gives a F, the info is already located here.
http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp

I would bet Joe and Frank do not need to pass a bill to encourage the ESRB to add further information or documentation about “WARNINGS to Exposure to violent video games and aggressive behavior.” on games or their website, if they truly have the data and facts to back their claims.

It sounds to me like Joe and Frank just want stupid ass bills passed for nanny and grandparent government game restrictions like in other countries.Leave us alone and let us play our age appropriate games. Or else. /raises fist

CJ Miozzi

On March 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

@G.A.R.B.A.G.E: As a Canadian, I won’t comment on the US political issues you’ve raised, but I applaud you for an erudite and literate post. Your conviction is apparent. Kudos.

Tali (@Locolobo_2)

On March 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I’ve played games like GTA, Saints Row, Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, Battlefield… and ever since I was little, I would watch my uncles play the same games along with Mafia, etc… And let me tell you, I am definitely a violent delinquent….. Seriously? I’m a straight A student, have never gotten in a bit of trouble, and my parents always talk about how well behaved I’ve always been… I’ve never gotten into a fight, but I must be an exception to all this “growing scientific evidence” that proves violence in video games causes violence in children… Wow. Good job Joe and Frank. How about you worry about something that ACTUALLY MATTERS now? You know… like the economy… or getting the soldiers back from Afghanistan who DONT want to be there anymore, eh?

Jim Connelly

On March 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Such a bad idea.

Freedonnad

On March 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

heck, I’ve played the first Doom when I was 6 y/o, played the first Mortal Kombat, played the very first GTA and every one of it’s sequels, and I was constantly bullied in school without raising a single finger by people who – SURPRISE!! – mocked me for playing video games instead of sports.

ok, I lied, i did retaliate once when a dude crossed the line physically, yeah, Video games turned me into a psychopath…. =/