Activision employs lobbyists to manage anti-violent games bill in the Senate

Tuesday, 10th September 2013 04:20 GMT By Ewan Miller

Activision have employed a lobbying group advocate one way or another on a current bill in the US Senate that seeks to research the effects of violent video games on children. Unfortunately Activision’s registration of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld doesn’t include the specifics of which way the group is supposed to advocate, but given Activision makes a lot of money from Call of Duty, I think we can make an educated guess.

The bill seeks to commission a study from the National Academy of Sciences that look at the impact of both violent video games and violent television programming on children and try to determine yet again if there’s a demonstrable link to aggressive behavior in children. The bill singles out video games for their “interactive nature” and the “extraordinarily personal and vivid way violence” can be portrayed in them.

While obviously any medium can express violence in an “extraordinarily personal and vivid way”, it perhaps doesn’t sound as ridiculous to imagine that line in a review for The Last of Us as a positive as it perhaps should.

The bill, named S. 134: Violent Content Research Act has been submitted to the Senate for more than a month now but has yet to be acted upon. It is the same legislation the Entertainment Consumers Association denounced a month ago.

Thanks Joystiq.



  1. salarta

    Clearly Activision is trying to help prevent video games with violence in them from being sold in stores, given Call of Duty and all! :P

    I could see this a few different ways. One is that Activision could be paying to taint the study to a certain degree, or at least anything done once the study is finished. That’s the accusatory level. Another way is that Activision could have so much faith in the results proving violent games aren’t a real risk for affecting child behavior that this is effectively trying to quash future bullshit from politicians in that vein. The last is simply that they want to look responsible and socially considerate; parents will always buy games like Call of Duty for their kids regardless of any findings.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Diingo

    If you have a lot of money you can pretty much own a chunk of the government for your own benefit. If you want to know who controls the government look to the richest people on the planet.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Fin

    Why shouldn’t there be research? Don’t see the problem with that.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. cluggy89

    even if the study says that there is a link its not the game devs fault. its the freaking parents fault for buying 18 rated games for kids

    #4 1 year ago
  5. EVO V

    Well , it is mostly children that play Cod, hence Ativision going on the defensive ….hmmm

    #5 1 year ago

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