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If the bill were to pass, the Consumer Product Safety Commission would have 180 days to place the new warning label on almost all games

Two House Representatives introduced a bill called "The Violence Video Games Labeling Act, H.R. 4204" on Monday, which warns buyers that video games can cause aggressive behavior.

The bill was proposed by Reps. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.). It aims to place warning labels on video games that say, "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior."

The bill wouldn't target any games specifically, or even just violent video games. It would make sure the label is placed on any and all video games despite their rating.

If the bill were to pass, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) would have 180 days to place the new warning label on all games from rating "E" for everyone to "M" mature or "A" for adult. The only games that will not need the label are those rated "EC" for early childhood.

"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," said Wolf. "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."

There have been many conflicting findings in studies that try to prove if violent video games cause aggressive behavior. In 2007, a Texas A&M International University researcher found that there was no real link between violent video games and aggressive behavior through a meta-analytic review of studies published since 1995.

Last year, researchers at the University of Missouri found that violent video games desensitized players to violent photos and heightened overall aggression because they were so used to being exposed to violence in video games. Later last year, an Indiana University School of Medicine researcher found that violent video games create changes in the brain acitivity of adult males, desensitizing them to violent images.

But not everyone agrees with these findings. Just last month, the state of California was left with a $2 million bill after its violent video game law failed to win the final appeal.

Source: The Hill

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By Dr of crap on 3/21/2012 10:12:28 AM , Rating: 5
It the same -
"guns don't kill people, people do"

"violent video games don't make you violent, it's your family life that does"

Where are the fathers to set these crazies straight?
Where the PARENTING to keep these crazies on the straight and narrow.

Nope blame the video games, it's easier than parenting.

I'm so tired of this crap.

By kattanna on 3/21/2012 10:21:42 AM , Rating: 3

The bill wouldn't target any games specifically, or even just violent video games. It would make sure the label is placed on any and all video games despite their rating .

so monopoly online will also get this rating.. along with my little pony??

PLEASE.. this reeks of election year shenanigans, and nothing more

By amanojaku on 3/21/2012 10:34:12 AM , Rating: 2
Baca has been after video games for years. I wish he would spend all of his time writing a better budget. In fact, that should be Congress' only goal for the next four years.

By foolsgambit11 on 3/21/2012 8:17:53 PM , Rating: 2
Is Wolf any better? Why put warnings on all video games when only violent video games are linked to aggression? That would be like putting a warning on all plants because tobacco is linked to cancer (which he obviously doesn't get based on his statement in the article).

That's assuming the research on this link is anywhere near as solid as the link for cancer and tobacco....

By sparkuss on 3/21/12, Rating: -1
By espaghetti on 3/21/2012 1:45:19 PM , Rating: 4
Which group is that?

The bill was proposed by Reps. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.).

Have some coffee and read the article again.

By mcnabney on 3/22/2012 9:26:28 AM , Rating: 3
True, but Baca is a special case. There isn't a lot of support on the D side. He just hates video games. Remember Tipper Gore and music lablels? Like that, except he actually holds an office.

By AlvinCool on 3/21/2012 10:42:23 AM , Rating: 3
The only thing violent about games is when I pay $50 for a title and find someone in every game that already has a hack and scores 50 - 0

At that point things become violent

By nafhan on 3/21/2012 10:39:45 AM , Rating: 2
I see it this way:
Parents who are concerned with what their kids do will already be keeping track of what video games they play.
Parents who don't care will just ignore the new labels.

This bill is just another way for a few congresscritters to say "Look! I care about children! Vote for me!" while actually accomplishing nothing.

By Stiggalicious on 3/21/2012 11:43:48 AM , Rating: 2
I wish you posted this on Reddit, so then I could upvote you.

Congress cannot do anything to regulate children's behaviors, and yet they think these laws will be able to warn kids and parents so they won't play violent video games and therefore stay "safe."

Parents these days are more important than ever - kids are being exposed to so much more in the world at a much earlier age, and parents should address this with proper teaching.

Congress putting a big fat warning label on a gun won't stop a child from using it improperly. Only a proper parent can teach his/her child to operate it correctly. Same goes for video games, just without the deadly consequences.

By rstove02 on 3/21/2012 1:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
WARNING: Exposure to U.S. Government has been linked to aggressive behavior.

By dubldwn on 3/21/2012 1:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
There's a least as much evidence of that. Although I couldn't care less because I encourage aggressive behavior. I'd have a problem with it if the game made you a pu**y. If I was a game developer I'd put this right above this warning:

Gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability.

By Lerianis on 3/22/2012 12:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
Seeing as how most of the school shooters have fathers that have physically, emotionally or forcibly sexually abused them?

Your point is kind of mooted.

By Reclaimer77 on 3/22/2012 2:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
Game makers should sue, this is slander. There has been NO provable link between games and aggressive behavior. NONE.

Opposite effect
By Rukkian on 3/21/2012 10:58:35 AM , Rating: 2
While I do not think there is credible evidence on either side of this argument, and think that if people were true parents, it would not be an issue either way.

The problem here is that if you put the label on all games, won't it have the opposite effect (kind of like the boy who cried wolf). If you see this on every game, then it looses its meaning, and nobody will even pay attention to it. Right now, violent games are marked that way, and if somebody wants to pay attention, it is pretty easy to.

RE: Opposite effect
By mcnabney on 3/22/2012 9:32:10 AM , Rating: 2
Ever since my brother took his 8 and 10 year old sons to see Piranha in the theatre I have concluded that parents ignore labels entirely, don't use any form of good judgement, and just do what their kids ask them to do.
I think there should be some sort of label identifying what kind of content is in a game - and there already is . The problem is the parents aren't doing their damn job anymore.

RE: Opposite effect
By Trisped on 3/22/2012 2:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
Of course it is easy to blame the parents, but what tools have you given them to do their job lately?

It use to be that a child could not walk into a store and buy porn or violent media without their parents knowing. Now they can get both in the form of an interactive video game, and their parents would never know.

Of course parents do not take this lightly, they try to pass laws, making it illegal to sell inappropriate content to minors. For example, minors can not buy cigarettes, porn, or alcohol. But a bunch of businesses which make money on getting kids hooked on their goods fight the laws and tell everyone it is the parents responsibility.

In my mind the problem is not that parents are not doing their job, it is that the average American is selfish and short sighted and the few who are not are constantly being block by those who are.

Be fore you blame the parent you should ask your self, "What have i done to make it easier for parents to teach their children to avoid this problem?" or "What tools do parents have to prevent this problem?"

There is a link......
By GGA1759 on 3/21/2012 6:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
between getting drunk and getting pregnant or getting STDs, but I don't see any warning labels on alcohol and beer.

Now where did I put my congress representatives phone number.....

RE: There is a link......
By mcnabney on 3/22/2012 9:33:38 AM , Rating: 2
We tried that.
Even amended the Constitution.

RE: There is a link......
By FastEddieLB on 3/23/2012 4:41:58 PM , Rating: 2
National ban != warning label.

Correlation != Causation
By Arsynic on 3/21/2012 11:53:52 AM , Rating: 3
Sure there's a link between violent video games and childhood violence. Lot's of children play video games.

I'm sure there's a link between baby dolls and teen pregnancy as well. Should we put warnings on baby dolls as well?

Pizza is a vegetable !
By Adam M on 3/21/2012 6:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
I had a knee jerk reaction thinking that this had to be another Republican bill, however it seems that this is a bipartisan intrusion in to our lives. Don't get me wrong, I'm an independent, it just seems like there are so many bills around the country being introduced by Republicans that invade very personal aspects of peoples lives and bodies,(like having to tell your employer why you need birth control, thanks Arizona) so it seemed like a reasonable conclusion. Nothing that matters is getting attention while our "law makers" debate trivial things like pizza and video games. Representing the average American should not be a career and should not be a way to get rich from lobbyists. I would very much like to see a senatorial and congressional term limit. 2 or 3 rounds in Washington and then you have to return to the real world. Instead we have lifers that spend their whole lives in a bubble and we PAY them to do NOTHING. I would say vote EVERY incumbent out of office, but I really don't like my alternatives for President. Say no to magic underwear, baptismal after death and putting your dog on the roof of your car.

RE: Pizza is a vegetable !
By FastEddieLB on 3/23/2012 4:40:17 PM , Rating: 1
Democrats and republicans both have a track record of pulling shit like this. You have to look at their ideologies and voting history, not what letter is next to their name. Though I do have to agree about getting rid of all incumbents, we're in dire need of term limits for the house and senate.

What a waste of money.
By Schrag4 on 3/21/2012 1:05:33 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care if there are warning labels on games. What's upsetting about this is the taxpayer money that's wasted coming up with this stupid rule and enforcing it, as well as the added cost to game developers to add the warning, which likely be passed on to the consumer one way or another. No matter how small the cost, it's still a total waste because nobody will pay any attention to these warnings. In a time when we should be cutting spending, is this REALLY something we should use taxpayer money to address/enforce?

The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that these clowns intentionally come up with this stuff to shift our attention away from the REAL issues.

By SR81 on 3/21/2012 3:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
Unless something is life threatening like alcohol and tobacco then a warning label is overkill. These Reps need to find something else to target and leave our games alone.

Incorrect reference
By Trisped on 3/22/2012 1:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
But not everyone agrees with these findings. Just last month, the state of California was left with a $2 million bill after its violent video game law failed to win the final appeal.
This is an incorrect reference. The law was ruled against because "The United States has no history of protecting children from depictions of violence..." The law was not claiming that video games induce violence and as a result should not be sold to minors, it was indicating that games designed for more mature audiences should not be sold to minors.

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