Don't Warn Parents about Harmful Effects of Video Game Violence?
Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm
In early January, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the California Congress that would require all video games rated T (Teen) or higher to include a label that reads "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."
The Entertainment Consumers Association has responded to the proposal by launching a campaign thathas drummed up a good deal of support from gaming blogs. Despite the fact that the bill (and the sticker it proposes) would not restrict video game content, the ECA campaign attempts to show that the bill "is an unconstitutional restraint on speech that will harm consumers
and parents alike." It alsoclaims that"the vast majority of studies show that there is no proven causal link between violent media of any type and aggressive behavior."