Congressman Calls For Health Warnings On Violent Games

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Do violent video games need health warning labels? California congressman Joe Baca thinks so, and he's introduced legislation that would make them mandatory.

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Citing research studies that show a link between violent video games and child aggression, Baca believes that the Consumer Product Safety Commission needs to institute a rule that all games rated T or higher be labeled with the following: "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

“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,” concluded Rep. Baca. “I am proud to introduce the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009, and am hopeful my legislation can work to stop the growing influence of violent media on America’s children and youth.”

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Hey, I'm all for it, if Baca can come up with solid, irrefutable scientific proof that this is indeed the case. We've seen countless research reports arguing both sides of the subject; let's nail down something definitive before we start uglying up our game store shelves. I've a feeling this won't go anywhere and Joe Baca will go back to Kashyyyk.

Rep. Baca Introduces Legislation to Make Violent Video Games Sold With Health Warning Label [Press Release via The Escapist]

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DISCUSSION

"Citing research studies that show a link between violent video games and child aggression"

I call bullshit.. I also say NO~! because this will likely add to the cost of the game. Well it could. It's obviously going to cost more money to print out that message on millions of packages.. (Unless its a message that pops up right before you play the game)

What it didn't say was.. -That parents were not there to raise there kids and was letting a video game do it, without the occasional smack to the back of the head and a "Calm it down kid" to keep the rug rats in line-

Any kid you do not discipline is normally prone to some violent behavior, especially if you let it escalate.

Personal true story here. When I was a kid I would break things around the house... planters and what not.(Why? I have no clue.. I was just aggressive or either like the sound cracking planters made) Well my parents caught me, busted my ass, and I did not do it anymore. This was before the scapegoat of "video games" existed..

So see, all you need to do is be there to guide your kids on the straight path of life, at least till there eighteen..