Last week, Democrat Rep. Joe Baca introduced "The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009." If passed, the bill would create a new rule in the Consumer Product Safety Commission forcing developers to affix a warning on any game rated Teen or higher.
The label would read, "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."
In a press release sent out by the Congressman's office, Baca defended his position and explained that the video game industry must be held accountable for violence.
"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," he wrote. "They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile, research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products."
He continued: "We must hold the video game industry accountable and do everything in our power to ensure parents are aware of the detrimental effects that violent games can have before making decisions on which games are appropriate for their children to play."
Let me get this straight: lawmakers now want to affix a warning label, much like those already placed on cigarette packs, to warn the world about the possible danger violent video games can create? What a joke.
First off, video games should not be treated the same as cigarettes at any time. One entertains people, and the other quietly kills them. Secondly, there is no solid evidence to support the claim that violent video games cause children to be more aggressive.… Read more