New Federal legislation on the horizon for violent video game warning label

Representative Joe Baca of California reintroduced his failed game warning label bill from 2009 into the House of Representatives yesterday. The bill, identical to its past incarnation, suggests mandating that all games rated T for Teen and higher to display a label stating “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.” The original never resurfaced once it was sent to a sub-committee.

While the recent Supreme Court hearing on California’s violent video game law certainly stirred up many gamers, this particular legislation appears to have had little weight since its inception. Certainly the message that violent video games are correlated to aggressive behavior is horribly misleading, at least as a matter of academic consensus.

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