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Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3

Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto, CA.) is taking another stab at forcing video games to carry health warnings, reports GamePolitics. The Congressman previously tried to pass such legislation in 2003 and again in 2009, calling his new bill "The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011." Word is this would call for any game rated teen or higher to carry the following: "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."

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27. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 27, 2011, 01:18 bigspender
 
anyone see the irony in a having a country where just about any firearm is "your right" but shooting anyone is illegal

anyway whatever - we all die DEC 2012....
 
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26. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 20:07 Agrikaan
 
We have the leaders we deserve. Mankind is fucked.  
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25. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 09:22 ldonyo
 
Creston wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 23:20:
"Warning: excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to exactly shit, but since I'm grandstanding on an issue I normally don't give a flying fuck about, I'm going to pretend it aborts children, murders kittens and rapes your spouses!"

Good job, Joe fucking Douchebag.

Creston

You nailed it!
 
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24. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 04:40 Prez
 
Well, it says "...and other violent media...", so I'd have no problem with this being displayed on games as long as it was also tagged on every violent movie, TV show, book, etc. No one would pay a lick of attention to it anyway.  
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23. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 03:32 Mac
 
2 questions to set priorities:

1. What percentage of gamers have killed someone due to playing games?

2. What percentage of gun owners have killed someone because they were having a bad day?

I know which one I would legislate against first ...
 
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22. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 02:33 Kxmode
 
It's a scientific fact that excessive exposure to anything violent causes chemical changes in the brain that lead to increased aggression and violence. The SS forced their soldiers to watch a form of "torture porn" to desensitize them to violence and program their minds to commit the atrocities they did without feeling or remorse.  
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21. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 26, 2011, 02:27 Chazix
 
They should probably post the same warnings on sports. More so since playing sports can lead to actual physical injures or death.
For the sake of consistency of course, not that I have anything against playing sports.
Except for stupid boring rugby.
 
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20. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 23:27 Capt_Electron
 
This has nothing to do with public health. Joe Baca can give a rat's rear end about public safety. You have to know and understand how these people think and operate.

This is all about raising revenue.

The first step is to have the warning (see tabaco products).

Then once everyone "knows" that this substance (games) cause a public health problem we need to have a public fix.

The public fix requires money so we attach a 'sin tax' to the 'evil substance' to ensure that those contributing to the "public health problem" pay "their fair share" to combat that problem.
 
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19. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 23:20 Creston
 
"Warning: excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to exactly shit, but since I'm grandstanding on an issue I normally don't give a flying fuck about, I'm going to pretend it aborts children, murders kittens and rapes your spouses!"

Good job, Joe fucking Douchebag.

Creston
 
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18. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 23:10 Morgan19
 
I don't think that would discourage anyone from buying a game ... except Ed Flanders.

And Ned Flanders, too.
 
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17. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 23:04 ASeven
 
First it was movies that made people violent. Then it was comics. Then it was TV. Now it's games.

Guess some people never grow a brain, especially those that hold political office.
 
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16. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 22:37 PropheT
 
I think he needs to re-read the studies he's quoting. The Michigan State study, for example, only talks about the link between brain patterns and violent games; it doesn't provide any evidence that the games actually cause any outward behavioral aggression.

The researcher also said this: "“Although there are probably more positive effects of playing all types of video games and even violent video games, such as socializing with peers or improving cognitive and physical abilities, it is important that we continue to explore this causal relationship we have shown in this research.”


Way to not let the facts get in the way of your argument, Congressman.

 
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15. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 22:27 ^Drag0n^
 
If a parent is ignorant of what their kids are doing to the point of not being able to see inappropriate traits develop, be they violent or otherwise, a label isn't going to do a damn thing.

See also: Surgeon General's Warning for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.

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14. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 22:19 ^Drag0n^
 
Wow...Last time I checked I hadn't killed anyone.

I guess I missed the memo stating that the games I play are meant to turn me into a homocidal maniac.

Thanks Congress, for clearing that one up!!!!

/morons
 
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13. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 22:10 Draugr
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 21:52:
Draugr wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 21:22:
edit: I think there is something to be said about things like prevalence of violence in media today and violent crimes among youth, which shows the opposite correlation of what people like this politician assert.

Violent crime has fallen every year for many, many years now. Plus humanity has been amazingly violent since it was thrown into this world, I doubt Hitler played Call of Duty.

Yup, that's pretty much what I was saying, heh.
Now granted, Correlation is not causation, but this is why I think more research is worth conducting. Nothing wrong with being right for the right reasons, hehe

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12. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 21:52 StingingVelvet
 
Draugr wrote on Jan 25, 2011, 21:22:
edit: I think there is something to be said about things like prevalence of violence in media today and violent crimes among youth, which shows the opposite correlation of what people like this politician assert.

Violent crime has fallen every year for many, many years now. Plus humanity has been amazingly violent since it was thrown into this world, I doubt Hitler played Call of Duty.
 
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11. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 21:51 CannibalBob
 
lol  
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10. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 21:43 PHJF
 
Violent books? Like taking a hardcover copy of Atlas Shrugged and clubbing somebody over the skull?  
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9. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 21:40 CommunistHamster
 
Not unless violent movies, books, music etc has to carry the same warning, and even then, the fuck are you smoking, joe?

If you're in the market for labelling reform, go look at those "alternative medicines", they blatantly lie and provably cost the public money and put their health at risk.
 
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8. Re: Game Health Warning Legislation, Take 3 Jan 25, 2011, 21:27 Thenetcase
 
I think it's petty. There are no conclusive studies linking video games to violent bahavior. There *are* plenty of studies linking bad parenting, poor environment and peer influences to further bad behavior and/or violence.

I think that we should place labels on all politicians saying "WARNING: Excessive exposure to political idiocy has been linked to aggressive behavior".

Cheers
 
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