US politician makes another push for game health warning labels

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 26 January 2011 00:25 GMT


Californian congressman Joe Baca has made a second attempt to mandate warning labels on video games advising parents of an alleged link between gaming and aggressive behaviour.

Gamepolitics reports that the proposed text of the label reads:

“WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

Baca has presented a bill titled The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011, effective on the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“Research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people,” the Representative stated, citing “scientific studies from the Pediatrics Journal, University of Indiana, University of Missouri, and Michigan State University” which apparently demonstrate a “neurological link between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers.”

“I am proud to introduce the Video Game Health Labeling Act, and am hopeful this legislation can work to stop the growing influence of violent media on America’s children and youth,” baca concluded.

The congressman made an almost identical set of statements when introducing a 2009 version of the same act.

Thanks, 1UP.


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