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.