Cigarette-style caution labels for video games ‘billed’… again

Congressmen Joe Baca of California and Frank Wolf of Virginia want to put warning labels on games to caution families about potentially damaging material within.

The bill introduced Monday called the ‘Violence in Video Games Act’ will label video games, “WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.’’

According to the bill, games rated from “E” for everyone through “A” for adults would have to carry the label. This means the only games that would avoid the label would be EC or early childhood games.

The bill war introduced is apparently a product of recent increasing scientific evidence linking violent video games to aggressive behavior according to Wolf.

The bill is unlikely to see much traction however, since games have been declared under protection of the first amendment since last June. This means games are a protected form of free speech like music or movies, two forms of entertainment that have also undergone their time in the spotlight of congress.

This isn’t Baca’s first attempt to apply warning labels to video games, he helped introduce a very similar bill in 2009 and again last January.


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Author: Khristopher Reardon View all posts by
Khristopher is a well-to-do journalist with a video game addiction and a knack for writing. He's been playing video games for over two decades and gets a little bit itchy whenever he sees something new which tickles his fancy.
  • I’m no expert on this, but I’ve read a few studies that were used to back proposals like this. The ones I read were all extremely flimsy. Specifically, there was one where highschoolers got their brain activity measured while playing one of two games: Need For Speed: Most Wanted and Medal of Honor 2010. The study said the kids playing MoH had more activity in the parts of the brain dealing with adrenaline, excitement and fight-or-flight situations.

    These parts of the brain are apparently also stimulated when in violent situations.

    But in the end, why is this a problem when people don’t care about how their food is made and what weird chemicals and hormones are in it?

  • Napoleon1066

    I don’t think “billed” is a word…

  • Easy answer to your question: Washington is completely detached with reality at this point. We have the biggest debt crisis in history and they’re focusing on Warning Labels for games. It’s completely stupid.