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U.S. Congressman Proposes Health Warning Labels For Video Games

Posted on Monday, January 12 @ 18:03:08 PST by Duke_Ferris
Yes, the ignorant and uninformed still run much of the country. In this case, cranky old Congressman Joe Baca of California. Crap, that's my state.

However, it wont matter what state you're in if proposed bill H.R. 231 passes, because it's a federal bill. It would label game rated T and above with "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."

You know, just like cigarettes.

Of course it doesn't point out how some of those studies have been debunked, while other studies have found no link whatsoever. It fails to mention the fact that since home game consoles came out, youth violence has plummeted to all-time lows. (No, probably not because of the games, but that's not the trend you'd expect if video games were turning us all into maniacs.)

Nope. In his ill-informed press release he states instead:

“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.”

I would suggest a different bill myself, requiring all congressmen to wear a warning label stating, "WARNING: Intelligence is not a prerequisite for holding public office."

Joe can be reached at:

201 North "E" Street, Suite 102
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Thanks to GamePolitics for the scoop.

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