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Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation 208

Posted by Soulskill
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Gamasutra reports that Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) has introduced legislation that would require video games with a rating of T or higher to have a warning label that alerts buyers to the dangers of simulated violence. The warning would read: "Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior." Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA), who introduced similar legislation in 2009, co-sponsored the bill, and said, "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.”"
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Congressman Introduces Video Game Warning Label Legislation

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  • Priorities (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MrDoh! (71235) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @04:42AM (#35005892) Homepage Journal

    Huge unemployment, wars still raging in Iraq/Afghanistan, debt at crippling levels, and people losing their homes at huge levels, great to see the important stuff like video games is being addressed.

    But...

    Every time a politician brings this up, it just shows how out of touch (old?) they are. Hopefully this won't be too much of a problem in not too many years as people who grew up gaming end up in positions of power and see that it's just a pastime. Golfing/Tennis/few rounds at the bar. It's just so not worth spending any time over, and shows they probably shouldn't be holding any positions where their opinions matter if this is the best they can come up with on something todo.

  • Shares? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Stooshie (993666) on Wednesday January 26, 2011 @05:05AM (#35006046) Journal
    Does he have shares in a games company? Having warning labels will only increase sales.

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