Violent game research bill reintroduced to US congress

Friday, 25th January 2013 13:00 GMT By Dave Cook

Senator Jay Rockefeller reintroduced his controversial bill to US congress yesterday – which calls for further research into the impact of violent games on children – after it failed to pass earlier this month.

We covered the bill’s first, unsuccessful submission here. If successful it would task the National Academy of Sciences with conducting studies into violence in the media, with the assistance of the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission. The study’s findings would then have to be submitted to Congress within 18 months.

Polygon reports that Rockefeller’s new submission now has four co-sponsors and according to GovTrack, the bill has a 12% chance of passing, with a 2% chance of becoming an actual law.

Rockefeller has also championed President Barack Obama’s call for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out new studies – with the potential backing of $10 million in funding – into the relationship between violent games and media images to violence.

On the issue Rockefeller said in a statement, “I think everyone can agree that the impact of violent content on our kids’ wellbeing is an important issue, and I’m glad this new plan will take a close look at it.

“I am working hard in the Senate to make sure this type of research — which I have strongly backed throughout my career — is available to inform our work on gun violence. Next week, I plan to reintroduce my bill to have the National Academy of Sciences study the link between violent content and children’s behavior.”

We’ll update on the bill’s progress as it happens. What’s your take on the issue?



  1. LuLshuck

    good get them banned

    #1 2 years ago
  2. quadfather

    Here we fucking go again.

    Are they doing the same research into violent films as well then?


    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    The words ‘massive waste of money’ come to mind.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. deathm00n

    @3 ‘massive waste of money and intellect’
    There, corrected it for you! :)

    Researching if games makes you more violent is like researching if a peanut makes part of your shit. Sure does, but only a little.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Beta

    Thanking you :)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Samoan Spider

    Hmm, it doesn’t mention a link between violence and poor upbringing, or unbalanced home life, or neurological conditions or erm, just about anything negative, and thats before getting to the influence of media. Problems start a lot closer to home than music, movies and games.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. roadkill

    Thank you nature for spawning me outside of this s**t country!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. sh4dow

    @7: Look hard enough at your own country and you’re sure to find similarly crazy shit (as if there haven’t been discussions like this in e.g. the UK, Germany, Australia, etc.). It’s true that the US seems to be THE leader in stupidity. But all other countries are eager to follow, as people simply are similarly moronic all around the world.

    #8 2 years ago

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