Health Warnings on Video Games in US?

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There have been studies in the last few years that have continuously proven a link exists between playing violent video games and aggression in young people.  Studies have come out of the Pediatrics Journal, University of Indiana, University of Missouri and Michigan that provide proof that there is a neurological link.

To this end, US congressman Joe Baca (D), has proposed legislation that would require all video games rated T or M to carry a label reading: ‘Warning: Excessive exposure to violent videogames and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behaviour.’

The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 is co-sponsored by Frank R. Wolf (R).

-via gamesindustry.biz

Press Release

Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) introduced legislation that mandates all video games with an Electronics Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rating of Teen (T) or higher be sold with a health warning label.  The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 creates a new rule within the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which forces games with a T rating or higher to be sold with a simple warning label, reading: “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

“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,” said Rep. Baca.  “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.”

Rep. Baca has been a lead advocate in Congress on the issues of violence and sex in the media.  In particular, he has been very active in ensuring the video game industry accurately details the content of its games to parents and consumers.  Recent scientific studies from the Pediatrics Journal, University of Indiana, University of Missouri, and Michigan State University all point to a neurological link between playing violent video games and aggressive behavior in children and teenagers.

“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,” concluded Rep. Baca.  “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.”

-via House.gov

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