California Bill Looks to Add Cigarette-Like Warning on Video Games

California Bill Looks to Add Cigarette-Like Warning on Video Games


As picked up by GamePolitics, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) is looking to get the following cautionary language put on the boxes of video games rated Teen or greater:

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

Of course, this link has never been proven, so it may be difficult to get H.R. 231, “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009” passed.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has co-sponsored the bill, “which would apply to both packaged and digitally distributed games.”

The office of Rep. Baca had this to say on the subject:

Yeah… this guy’s intimately familiar with the ins and outs of video gaming

“The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers – to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products.”

“We must hold the video game industry accountable and do everything in our power to ensure parents are aware of the detrimental effects that violent games can have before making decisions on which games are appropriate for their children to play. I am proud to introduce the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009, and am hopeful my legislation can work to stop the growing influence of violent media on America’s children and youth.”

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