Video Games Might Get Cigarette-Like Warning Labels

If U.S. Congressman Joe Baca's new Video Game Health Labeling Act bill gets accepted by the Congress, we might start seeing medical warnings on video game boxes - similar to those found today on cigarette packs.

The same bill was proposed in 2009 by the same Congressman, but it got shot down quickly after failing to be taken up by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection. The bill mandates that all games with an ESRP rating of "T" or above should display the following warning clearly: "WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."

Games rated "T" or above make up around 30% of the titles available in the U.S. and they usually make up a much higher percentage among top sellers.

"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," Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf was a co-sponsor of the 2009 incarnation of the bill said in a statement. "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."

Scientific studies have produced conflicting results on that topic, but a recent review of available scientific studies by the Australian government found no clear link between video game violence and real world aggression.

The reintroduced bill currently awaits action by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, chaired by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who has not made the bill a public priority. If the bill makes it past the committee, it is likely to face minimal resistance from the Republican-dominated Congress.

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This is what our money goes to?

WTF seriously, cant compare cigarettes to games, we see warnings but we still do it. Do some real work something that needs to be done not this BS. no matter how much warnings u put up people are still going to do it. fix something that needs fixing. how about busting those that got 5k a month on their bridge card and can still afford to drive Escalade and Mercedes, what kind of shit is that i want one of those, i bust my ass off working just so that the government can take a cut to play for their bridge card while they dont do shit but drive fancy cars and drink all day long.

also

and also stop charging 10k to fix a pot hole that u just going to fill with gravel and not even flatten it to make it even with the street.

Meh

The future of gaming will be digital delivery how the hell can they pass this as a bill?

Warning this game is rated T click FTW to continue!

itsasecret

why do they have to put warning labels on anything so obvious a hazard as cigarettes, sure nobody knew back then, but its different now.

same with games.. what are the labels going to be? avoid playing for extended periods of time? do real life stuff? take care of your fucking kid, idiot?

useless garbage, huge waste of millions of dollars and if it gets passed thats just sad

LoL

ROFL!! This is to funny!! Come on where's the "April Fools"!

Seriously, spend your time doing something that's more productive and not useless.

lolz

if this bill gets passed ill kill everyone! Iv been playing games since i was a child so im obviously mentally unstable and very aggressive so ill kill youz allz!

That said, thank fuck i dont live in america ha!

lolz

If this got passed ill KILL EVERYONE!! Iv played games since i was a child so i am obviously mentally unstable and aggressive so im gonna kill youz allz!

That said thank fuck i don't live in america.

This bill would face minimal resistance in the House?

I call bullshit. Are you Polsci expert? If so, why are you at megagames? LOL This sort of nanny state BS does not fall in line with the principles of a free market or limited goverment. The Republican House doesn't give two shits about something like this when the country is looking down the barrel of debt armegeddon in less than a decade. Joe Baca is a far left California Democrat. The Nanny's are just riding the anti-fun wave off that psycho in Arizona. If you want to live your life how you want, vote Republican. Why do you think the Queens of the Stone Age are conservatives? If you think that you are a loser and need a big government nanny, vote democrat.

I call bullshit

It's like you don't (want to) know that: "a free market or limited goverment" (dictatorship\Constitutional monarchy) is just what we "evolved" from,
It's what we had in the stone-age, and now people like You want to go back into the "dark-age" AGAIN!!!!!
It just seems to fall into the same catagory that the ancient greeks called people who did not want to check up on what politicians were saying & doing!
BTW. They called them: "IDIOTES".

We had constitutional

We had constitutional monarchy and free markets in the stone age? Wow, now that's why I call ignorance. Do you understand what Conservatism is, when it began and what is was in response to? If people are not free politically and economically it is NOT Capitalism. I.E. the Nazi's were not Capitalist because people were not free politically. The will of the collective should never trump the rights of the individual. The idea that the will of the collective ought to trump the rights of the individual is pagan, barbaric, and 40 steps back. BTW it's category with an E.

Well, thank you for the NWO history lecture

"The idea that the will of the collective ought to trump the rights of the individual is pagan, barbaric, and 40 steps back. BTW it's category with an E."
Sooo, not an a, A?

Anyway, the collective IS the the individual, just as the individual is the collective! WOW, that's almost as barbaric as the War on (FEAR) terror! Or, WoT As you might like to Say it? That way it sounds like -vote-!

Do you know what the pagan new-year is today?
(read the next, ONLY whet you think you know) You: APRIL FOOL!
BTW, sorry for giving you the answer, it seems like you need it!!!

WOW, You noticed two(2) typos: now that's what I call
IGNORANCE! Seriously, look below the 1. one & you will see what it should say, 2. a whole freak'n e, you should be working for the news-corporations, just checking for missing or corrupt letter(s)

Conservatism: Conservate with an added -ism- at the end of it! Do you know wher to find the other -ISMs-?
Best of all: WHERE does "conservatism" come in on the economy today, because i can't see it, well i see what you would say and raise you a "cyclic consumption" of goods and services, based on the prodution of crap after crap! (Garbage in, Garbage out!)

now go check what ECONIMIZE Really mean, and don't take Dick (Halliburton) Cheney's interpretation of it, that is, if you have any analytical abilities of worth in your brain at all! Oh, and go check what Halliburton does for a living (not talking about most of the people working there), and, don't stop and go home after cecking just their oil interests, Please, for the love of Gold, Oil & Drugs!

" If people are not free politically and economically it is NOT Capitalism. I.E. the Nazi's were not Capitalist because people were not free "

Really, again you show YOUR TOTAL IGNORANCE, if you would just take your time to do some research on the "NAZI GOLD" found in various banks in the US-of-A, in and around the 2. World War or WWII as the abbreviation goes!
Did you kow, that the luftwaffe could not operate without a special additive produced & patented by US standard oil?
I would say that Hitler the rest of the EFFING amoeba-brains were pretty free in their reign of terror, as opposed to the millions of presumably nice people they killed and traumatized, mentally and physically!
That is until the Russians and the allied forces just "ran" over them!

Freedom, does not include the right to pillage what you want, or burn the rest, we (at least I) get mad at people who think so!
NEVER tolerate intolerance!
If you do, the intolerant will destroy you from within!

BTW: do some searching on the net for: Schwarzwasser or Black Water as it translate into in english:
You might know that George Walker Bush, set up a paramilitary unit known as BLACK WATER?
Well, he was not the first to set up such a unit in what is known as the HISTORY, Bad old Adolf H.
actually did it before him, Schwarzwasser were the name!

Damn, we really should start numbering the lines here!
that would at least shrink my reply by about 33%

There's more to be than what you see, and
even when you die, at least you've been FREE!

Ignorance, still the key to a poets paradise
So, GO, NOW,
and die in the hellfire\haven you so dearly seek!
And remember: A fool's paradise, is a wise man's HELL!

Well, thank you for the NWO history lecture

"The idea that the will of the collective ought to trump the rights of the individual is pagan, barbaric, and 40 steps back. BTW it's category with an E."
Sooo, not an a, A
Anyway, the collective IS the the individual, just as the individual is the collective! WOW, that's almost as barbaric as the War on (FEAR) terror! Or, WoT As you might like to Say it? That way it sounds like -vote-!

Do you know what the pagan new-year is today?
(read the next line ONLY whet you think you know) You APRIL FOOL!
BTW sorry for giving you the answer, it seems like you needed it!!!

WOW, You noticed two(2) typos: now that's what I call
IGNORANCE! Seriously, look below the 1. one & you will see what it should say, 2. a whole freak'n E, you should be working at the newspapers, just checking for missing or corrupt letter(s)
Conservatism: Conservate with an added -ism- at the end of it!
best of all: WHERE does "conservatism" come in on the economy today, because i can't see it, well i see what you would say and raise you a "cyclic consumption" of goods and services, based on the prodution of crap after crap! (Garbage in, Garbage out!)
now go check what ECONIMIZE Really mean, and don't take Dick (Halliburton) Cheney's interpretation of it, that is, if you have any analytical abilities of worth in you at all! Oh, and go check what Halliburton does for a living, and, don't stop and go home after cecking just their oil interrests, Please for the love of Gold Oil & Drugs!

" If people are not free politically and economically it is NOT Capitalism. I.E. the Nazi's were not Capitalist because people were not free "

Really, again you show YOUR TOTAL IGNORANCE, if you would just take your time to do some research on the "NAZI GOLD" found in various banks in the US-of-A, in and around the 2. World War or WWII as the abbreviation goes!
Freedom, does not include the right to pillage what you want, or burn the rest, we (at least I) get mad at people who think so!
BTW: do some searching on the net for: Schwarzwasser or Black Water as it is in english:
You might know that George Walker Bush, set up a paramilitary unit known as BLACK WATER?
Well, he was not the first to set up such a unit in what is known as the HISTORY, Bad old Adolf H.
actually did it before him, Schwarzwasser were the name!

Damn, we really should start numbering the lines here!
that would at least shrink my reply by about 50%

There's more to be than what you see, and
even when you die, at least you've been FREE!

Ignorance, still the key to a poets paradise
So, GO, NOW,
and die in the hellfire\haven you so dearly seek!
And remember: A fool's paradise, is a wise man's HELL!

Ever played deus ex: invisible war?

If not, then you should give it a try. Its pretty old and cheap now.

If so, think about the Order and the WTO. In a truly free democracy any joe nobody can create his own political party providing he assembles a small group interested in doing so.

Being restricted to 2 opposing ones is just way too convenient.

Smart guy, do you even

Smart guy, do you even realize the article is misleading you? The writer puts forth this BS, " it is likely to face minimal resistance from the Republican-dominated Congress." As if the whole of Congress is controlled by the Republicans. Hello, they control the House and not the Senate. Therefore the Republicans only dominate the lower half of congress. All of you dumbasses read it and none of you thought hey, that's obviously false.
I bet you think 9/11 was an inside job too. Your kind imagine conspiracies because the world and it's complexity completely bewilder you. Get an education loser.

"Smart guy, do you even

"Smart guy, do you even realize the article is misleading you?"

Thank you, I wish I could say the same about you. However you didn't even realize I wasn't talking about the article at all, I was discussing a specific part of the comment I replied to.

gg

Hey

Perhaps, but, like science i to love to be proven wrong, as it helps me to advance,in this case:showing me a different P.O.W.
FORCE; is just energy, "THE FORCE"; is just an idiom for: "The invisible hand of capitol", AKA: GOD in our system

Like it say on the:$, In GOD(FLAG)WE Trust!
E Pluribus Unum - "Out of many, one"
Annuit cœptis - "to approve""commencement, undertaking"
Novus ordo seclorum - "New Order of the Ages"

EVIL-LIVE, Interresting word in and of itself!!

WRONG, on the other hand....?
Do you mind? To State what was a logical fallacy!

Already written & perhaps copyrighted, but still public

I can't think of anything more appropriate than the text from Project Pitchfork, IO; IO

Sitting on the beach
Looking at the nightsky
I've seen the news today
Where will it finally end?
Do I really have to follow
Follow them on their self-destructive path?

There is a compulsion
That makes me do things
I don't wanna do
And this conflict
With its contradictory poles
Rules my life

Back and forth
Right and wrong
Forced to something
Far too long
Break out

(Far too long)

A moon of the fifth
As a symbol for human kind
Glowing by the presence of two
The wonder of love reduced
To a function of hormones
The wonder of life reduced
To a reaction of instincts
The wonder of belief misused
For power for power
The blindness of both
As an answer to the
Separation of one
Science in its contempt
Religion in its selfishness
The origin of both
Neglected by both

(Why should someone who sees
follow the blind ones?)

I have 1 extremely educated

I have 1 extremely educated and factual thing to say:::::::::
Correlation DOES NOT infer causation ::::::::::::::::

In stupid terms: Violent video games may be linked to violence, but you CANNOT from those statistics infer that videogames CAUSE violence. It's also VERY probable that violent people seek out violent video games, and these games may ACTUALLY BE HELPING by being an outlet.

this is horrible

I concur

It does give us an outlet that does nothing but let us kill\cripple somthing that does not matter, as the thing\person in a game would be fully restored the next time we decide to harm it "again"!
Well, in most games anyway!
People like this Baca is a person that would be a basis for incitement!

This is just like saying that THC gives people bad mental health; because almost everybody who use it have some form of trouble with their mental health, but as i see with myself and others around me; the mental state evolves ahead of the use of anything at all!

Monkey see, Monkey do

Australia > America

if the far more protective Australian government cant find a link between violence and video games, and the US can...what does that really say about the US government? is anyone aware of what happened in Germany with violence and video games? Germany tried banning all FPS/RTS video games from usage, and actually saw an INCREASE in violent adolescents. maybe kids wouldn't want to play video games so much if their parents didn't make their lives absolutely miserable.

i have 800+ hours logged onto counterstrike: source, and 1000+ on team fortress 2 through steam. ummmmmm so im sure according to said evidence given by Congressman Baca, i shouldve shot up two high schools and a middle school at this point, right? tell me, congressman, how many teachers should have i killed with my 2,000+ hours of violent video game experience?

this is why we can't have nice things...

"what does that really say

"what does that really say about the US government?"

That they're a bunch of sellouts. Don't forget TV companies hate videogames because they take the audience away.

"maybe kids wouldn't want to play video games so much if their parents didn't make their lives absolutely miserable."

Yeaaaaa because its just SO tough being a kid. Save for a really small minority of kids who actually have it rough (drunk parents, drug addicts etc...) all the others are just, well, whiny. But I guess blaming your parents for everything is part of puberty. Don't worry though it goes away with time, however, playing games doesn't.

Who's this guy

Some kind of jack thompson relative? Trying to push baseless crap into the game industry...

Get solid evidence before proposing something like this. Else it's just a lie, and lies always have a purpose.

Who's This

Well, in japanese, "Baca" translate into Idiot\fool!
And anyways, you should watch the newest; Zeitgeist: Moving forward!
In that you will also be presented with a MUCH more logical reason for all the violence!

Last, but not least, it's possible that he is genetically linked to jack thompson,as there is alot of ancient history that THEY* do not want you to know!

*The
Herarchy
Enslaving
You
!

As the Computer industry has

As the Computer industry has grown and many people use and play on them these days, the more crazy people will have access. Its kind of like if we didn't have a computer boon and instead everyone took up swimming, swimming would cause violence.

Its a cop out, crazy people are going to do crazy things regardless, the same people who rage over video games would rage over sports on Television or join a riot.

Because if you dress them like fairies or like army men, let them shoot people in a computer game, or targets on a range, the result will be the same, something will push them to boiling point and violence will ensue.

lmao I love how Obamas just

lmao I love how Obamas just look at the guy in the pic like "what the fuck have you just smoked" it'll be a sad sad day when this goes though. and also, pointless as said, it'll just be a waste of time AND tax money. people who smoke know its bad for them to smoke a label doesn't stop them they do it because they like it/ are addicted. only everyone knows video games arn't dangerous. hell I'd say sports are more dangerous than games... how many riots have sports started? now how many have video games started?

What about other games?

Okay, but what about games such as Farmville? I remember an article from late last year where a mother killed her infant child because it interrupted her Farmville session. Shouldn't Farmville get this kind of rating as well or is it exempt because its not rated "T". As has always been the case its the person, not the game, that instigates the violence.

dumb ass shit.

How the hell he became a congressman in first place?
Why is there a moron in the government?

WARNING: FAILURE TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN VIDEO GAMES AND CIGARETTES WILL CAUSE PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGES TO ALL CONGRESSMEN. GOVERNMENT MAY NEVER SEE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IDEOLOGY AND REALITY.

This is such bullshit.

This is such bullshit. Conflicting evidence? How about no evidence? Violence is in the child from before he played the game. The warning label should be on the violent child, not the video game. I've played incredibly violent games all my life and I'm the most nonviolent person. I got into 2 fights in my entire life and they were both in highschool, about 8 years ago.

A hobby of mine is designing videogames using WYSIWYG video game creators/editors. I like to use violence in them because it gives a sharp clarity to the plot.

I agree with the guy who suggested an alternative label that said don't let the media raise your kids.

haha

Warning: This child is violent. May be detrimental to your health.

Warning: This senator is stupid. May increase aggressive tendencies.

The only thing I like about these morons is it unites all gamers, the console players and PC players alike.

The warning labels on

The warning labels on cigarettes haven't stopped people from smoking. All this will do is slow down the process of releasing a game to the public with another useless red tape step.

If their aim is to make people aware that some games are violent, that's what the EULA/PEGI etc, already does. Games already have movie style ratings, and have since the first game to get one came out back in the mid 90s. Lethal Enforcers.

Let's just put warning labels

Let's just put warning labels on everything, because everything you do could potentially be dangerous.

Warning: Watching TV for too long will make you dumb. Read a book.

Warning: Failure to breathe regularly will result in loss of consciousness.

Warning: Falling in the shower could kill you.

Warning: Prolonged exposure to the sun will cause skin damage.

Warning: Being awake means a slow loss of energy. You will require nutrients and hydration every few hours.

Warning: Spending too much time on the internet will turn you into a derp. Go outside.

Let's just put warning labels on everything

well, it's already like that, sorry to say\write!

On an ELECTRIC grill, in the back of the instruction manual, there is a warning not to use COAL,

nor to TOUCH the grill plate while it is HOT

and not to pour WATER over it!!!

If this is not a warning of how Retarded People can be, then I DO NOT KNOW!

What a load of manure

There is NO evidence showing a link between video game violence and real-world aggression. If I was the video game industry spokesperson I would sugges that the US Government could be sued for billions for making false claims that cost a legitimate industry billions in lost revenue.

Let the US Government show such "proof" that even the uber-prude Australian Government failed to find.

How do these people breathe?

A few isolated cases does not constitute the norm. They should instead make a label: "Warning! Neglecting your children and allowing the media to raise them is linked towards a shitload of problems. Raise your own damn kids!"

This warning is much more accurate and will probably solve 99% of the problems most kids have.

For every one case you can find that a kid was violent due to a video game there are literally thousands where the video game helped a kid vent instead of doing something stupid.
For every case you can find that a kid was violent due to a video game you can find neglect/abuse in that same child's home.

Maybe if these retards got over their vendetta because they couldn't afford games when they were children, they'd be able to tackle real problems.

Spread this comment to any blog and hopefully these morons will get the message.

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