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Consumer group rallies against anti-violent games legislation

Monday, 5th August 2013 23:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Entertainment Consumers Association has denounced proposed US legislation enabling a study into the effects of violent video games in children.

Legislations S.134 would instruct the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study on the connection between the “exposure to violent video games and video programming and harmful effects on children”.

The ECA said it “feels that this is a distraction to finding the real cause of these events” and argued against recent comments from Senator Rockefeller, who has argued that games should not be protected by the right of free speech because they are “more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons”.

“The highest court of the land has reviewed the scientific research and concluded that video games do not cause violence,” the ECA said.

“The non-scientific personal opinion of the Senator should not get to overturn the Supreme Court ruling.”

Citing well-publicised statistics, the group argued that violent crime has been decreasing as game sales rise and that countries with higher video game per capita spend do not have as high rates of violent crime as the US.

“Researchers on both sides of the subject agree that you can’t study violence, only aggression. So there is no way to really come up with answers to the questions posed,” the group continued, adding several more critques of the proposed study calling into question bias, the organisations involved, and the failure to recognise past studies.

“No matter the outcome, at least one side will not agree with the conclusions drawn by the study. The debate will continue, just as it has after previous studies.”

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has recently recommended S.134 be sent to the floor of the Senate to be voted on. US residents can join the ECA’s counter-movement.

Thanks, Polygon.

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  1. Kyle Jackson

    Porn stars are just prostitutes with a camera crew.

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Hcw87

    Senator Rockefeller running his mouth. Rockefeller.

    Yeah, glad i’m not living over in the good ol’ US of A.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Amdazzler

    There’s no mention of porn here, Kyle, so I’m guessing you’re in the wrong thread..

    And Rockefeller is just another nanny state enabler. It is not the government’s job to raise our children. Someone needs to remind him of that.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    Politicians… They should also cover alcohol, drugs, and porn. Just like violent video games these things are not meant for children as well as prohibited.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. ududy

    Politician are our would be masters. They should always be cut down to their proper size, or they will waste all of our money on useless bureaucracy and laws that curtail freedom.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. backup

    how about anti piracy ?
    o wait they love piracy wat a losers

    #6 12 months ago
  7. NocturnalB

    I apologize, our congressmen & women over here in the US have what I like to call “selective bullshitting” syndrome or SBS if you will. Seriously, my government is a global joke anymore, hell this comment probably just put me on a watchlist somewhere..

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Jonathan42TD

    @7 Tuché, NocturnalB

    I think it’s cute that politicians still look for something to argue over, even though it’s pointless and redundant to blame video-games for violence escalating, for instance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lue1-rjH-PU

    #8 12 months ago