Congressman wants warning labels on violent video games


Joe Baca wants warning labels on shoot-em-ups such as Red Dead Redemption.

United States Representative Joe Baca, a Democrat who represents San Bernardino, California, and neighboring towns, is reviving his 2009 video-game bill that would slap a label on any violent video game. His proposed label would read, “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

It’s hard to tell for sure what Baca is thinking. Maybe he figures since Leland Yee’s game-sale ban isn’t faring so well, he should try something different. But it appears that he hasn’t received the “correlation isn’t causation” memo.

These games already bear a label that says “M” and explains that they’re meant for adult audiences. While it’s technically true that violent games have been “linked” to aggressive behavior, that “link” only exists in faulty studies that only suggest a mild correlation between aggression and aggressive games — they don’t prove a link, and they certainly don’t prove that the games are the cause of the aggression. Maybe people should be required to have some science and statistics in their education history before they’re allowed to become politicians, hm?

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4 responses to “Congressman wants warning labels on violent video games

  1. WARNING: Excessive time in government office has been linked to being a credulous dope.

  2. Whether a given politician even believes this stuff is open to question. I think the main point is that it can be useful. He’s getting a lot of press (what we used to call “ink”); he’s rousing up the section of his constituency that prefers simple, comforting answers to complex questions; and he’s providing reassurance to parents who want to be told that whatever their kids are getting up to is definitely not their fault.

    Just a general point, I don’t know anything about this guy in particular.

  3. Pingback: Congressmen revive, expand failed proposal for warning label on violent video games | Backward Messages

  4. Pingback: Congressmen revive, expand failed proposal for warning label on violent video games | Backward Messages

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