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Thursday, 27 January 2011 11:49

US Senator calls for health warnings on games

Written by Nick Farell
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We call for health warnings on US senators
A barking US Senator has decided that computer games need to carry health warnings.

Democratic Congressman Joe Baca has decide that rather than save his country from rampant economic woes he would rather write a law called the Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011. This will require all "all video games with an Electronics Software Ratings Board rating of Teen or higher" to be sold with a health warning label that reads: "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behaviour."

The Bill has been countersigned by a Republican loony Frank Wolf. It seems that it does not matter which side of the political fence you sit on - you can still be incredibly stupid and elected in the US. "Just as we warn smokers of the health consequences of tobacco, we should warn parents – and children -- about the growing scientific evidence demonstrating a relationship between violent video games and violent behavior," Wolf said. "As a parent and grandparent, I think it is important people know everything they can about the extremely violent nature of some of these games."

Really? Unfortunately there is no evidence that violent games harm anyone's health. In fact as violent games sales increased, violent crime dropped. Everytime there is a study, they still can't make the link. US politicians keep listening to the voices in their heads which say "it must be true" despite the evidence. You know the voice. It is the same one which allows US politicians to drag their country into the 16th century by denying evolution.

Frankly US Senators should carry a health warning. They do more harm than good.


Nick Farell

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+11 #1 Sethroque 2011-01-27 12:17
/facepalm
I wonder how those stupid people get elected...Someone should point to him the indicated age for each game.
Next our cellphones will warn about the risc of cancer and brain explosion upon a call by dumbass Frank Wolf :-x
 
 
+10 #2 Jigar 2011-01-27 12:49
US should have a law, if government comes up with a law, it should pass through public voting, if it gets more than 60-70% (whatever) support, go for it. But if it doesn't, if it get's less than 10% (that means it was a stupid idea) Ban that dude from even entering the hall of parliament. :P
 
 
+5 #3 FoxMontage 2011-01-27 12:53
Quote:
In fact as violent games sales increased, violent crime dropped.


Statements like this without the relevant evidence make you look as ridiculous as them.
 
 
+16 #4 thematrix606 2011-01-27 12:54
I've never, ever, ever read or saw someone become violent and scream "IN THE NAME OF DUKE NUKEM"...

I think there are A LOT more important problems out there that need fixing... how about stop killing people in 3rd world countries? Yeah that's a good start...
 
 
+2 #5 Steve-O 2011-01-27 15:35
Quoting thematrix606:
I've never, ever, ever read or saw someone become violent and scream "IN THE NAME OF DUKE NUKEM"...

That's how I plan on going out, unless DNF is a steamy pile of garbage, then it's back to the ol' reliable "BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL"
 
 
+1 #6 crenn 2011-01-27 15:39
Actually if I recall, there has been one study partially linking violent video games to aggressive behaviour, however I believe the conclusion of that report was that the games caused the aggressive behaviour, or people with aggressive behaviour were drawn more to the games (hence taking them away from causing violence maybe?).

Can't find a link though.
 
 
+1 #7 Tasty Taste 2011-01-27 17:36
"Democratic Congressman Joe Baca has decide that rather than save his country..."

its "decided"
 
 
-4 #8 Naterm 2011-01-27 19:09
While the US economic situation is far from great, the US is doing a lot better than the basket case that is Britain. Britain caught a lucky break with the North Sea finds, now they're past peak and the British economy is following them.
 
 
-2 #9 Squall_Leonhart 2011-01-27 21:11
Quoting FoxMontage:
Quote:
In fact as violent games sales increased, violent crime dropped.


Statements like this without the relevant evidence make you look as ridiculous as them.


he is not wrong though.
 
 
+3 #10 Hobgoblin 2011-01-28 04:39
I dare some game publisher to actually put a warning label about the dangers of US senators on their games.
 

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