Congressman Joe Baca is pushing for health and safety warnings on video games, similar to that found on cigarettes. The bill is titled “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011” and will require video games rated teen or higher to have the phrase, “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior,” printed on the cover.
“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,” said the Congressman. He says the video game industry hasn’t taken proper action to take responsibility.
Honestly, most of the time I hear back and forth of these studies, some saying it does and say it doesn’t. Unless something flew under my radar, I don’t believe that there is an unique link between video game violence and real violence. Either way, the law would only impose a label on the product itself. So more than likely, nothing would really change. It is more of the fact that video games would be the only form of media to get this labeling, despite the label even saying “and other violent media.”
(Source: Game Politics)