California Congressman Wants Games to Carry a Warning Label

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rseding91

In the end does it really mater? Will it make a difference in video game sales? NO.

 

Does ANYONE honestly think this has EVER happened?:

Person: And, i'll take a pack of camel.

*casheer hands it to the person*

Person: *Reads package* oh, these are bad for you? I guess i'll stop smoking.

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Mighty BOB!

Face. Desk.

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Keith E. Whisman

When they aren't complaining about games they are doing their level best to end your 2nd amendment right and ban our guns. It's the same losers. Little wimps that can't seem to understand that people are responsible for what they do and the choices they make.

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Khaotic

Warning: Politicians  who spend too much time worrying about video games are grossly negligent with your tax paying dollars.  This is especially true in states such as California which have routinely issued IOUs and severely cut the wages of its employees.    Such a tragedy could easily be rectified if the people  for who these ‘elected officials’ are supposed to be representing could impose fines upon the legislature for lost or otherwise misused time.

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Trooper_One

There should be a warning label attached to the voter's card for this congressman Joe Baca which reads:

"WARNING: THIS POLITICIAN JOE BACA WILL WASTE A LOT OF TAXPAYER'S MONEY, TIME AND RESOURCES ON NON-ISSUES WHILE IGNORING REAL ONES SUCH AS EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, AND THE ECONOMY."

 

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Zachary K.

lots of people play violent games and you don't see people running around with rifles or baseball bats trying to get headshots.

I don't know what kind of books or television he is exposed to, but they need to put a warning label on that related to lower IQ and bad ideas.

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nealtse

double post.

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nealtse

As long as there is still ONE person left in America who goes hungry and ONE person who lacks education opportunities equal to his motivation and merit, then do not even begin to talk to me about tenuous claims of video game damage.  That's what they're trying to claim, that video games cause damage, and I call it out for the absolute bullshit it is. 

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gamefanatic26

More BS from someone who has never played a video game.

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nadako

We should just put the same label on tv programs and movies i bet they would love that as well. What causes aggression is your environment soroundings. I can say that milk is the cause off all aggression. But hey i dont see that coming anytime soon. Its the parents responsabality to monitor what kids should be playing. I think that online games could have a biger effect on aggressive behavior and kids under 14 should not be playing because they can be Very anoying. If I had to put a label on anything it would be "DONT BE STUPID". Or "Be stupid at your own risk." <- thats towards cigs

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Caboose

RAWER! REDBULL MAKES ME ANGRY....

 

And kittens... With spikes...

 

RAWER!

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Kruug

Are we going to see new labels popping up on violent movies?  How about suggestively violent books?  We're going to need these things so that kids don't get any funny ideas.  Especially history books where rebellious actions have happened.  Don't want the threat of kids overthrowing our government.

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Sparx10

good point

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bling581

Games already have a rating on it and an ID is required for games with higher ratings. If kids are still getting a hold of these games then I don't think the parents are keeping very good tabs on what they're playing. Putting a warning on games isn't going to do anything but waste tax payer money enforcing these silly rules.

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rawrnomnom

If parents were gonna do anything involving their kid's exposure to video games they would be doing it already... That they aren't is evident in the fact that you constantly hear pre-pubescent children screaming profanities through their mic. I have an idea on how to create a new job... Fire that guy and replace him with someone who isn't wasting tax payers time and money.

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nforce

It's getting to be funney of many lables&warnings their are on products. Does any one even read the lables&warnings anymore?

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ShyLinuxGuy

I don't see why it would hurt to attach warnings/parental advisories to the most violent of games...I have seen and heard a few gamers who play these fantasy-world violence games obsess about the game and show characteristics through their favorite character at times (aggressiveness, impracticality). I'm afraid that it would take one little thing to have them actually carry out their fantasies into the real-world (machine guns, bombs, etc.), but we have these types in every school.They are the ones who sit in the back of the class and whip out their DSis or whatever, and never end up graduating, in least worst case scenario (for other people). In *worst* case scenario, the game could have made them so aggressive that they live the game through their life, and that could mean anything.

I think it's kind of sad how some of these guys live only for any one given game (or two), and that's all they do. They have no social life, no goals...it's all about the game. I'm not a gamer and don't really know the dynamics of addiction, but I do know its okay to have gaming as a hobby. When it interferes with your life (accomplishing nothing other than the game, acting out the game in real life, obsessing 24/7 about the game, and having a serious withdrawal when away from the game), there's a problem.

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MrSelatcia

Your arguments are a combination of anecdotal evidence and slippery slopes. Neither can be taken seriously.

The problem here is that this has not been proven. The studies are inconclusive at best. Why muddle up our already ridiculous system with worthless warnings that are unmerited? When they can prove it, I'm all for it, but before then no thanks.

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ChatterboxChuck

Well consider one would expect people to be smart enough to know cigarettes are bad for them and yet we put the general surgeon warning on cigarette boxes anyways, I don't see a big deal in putting a warning on game boxes. I seriously doubt it would stop people from buying them either way.

I can't, however, ignore the fact that agreeing to these things just to agree simply because it doesn't seem like a big deal to agree with sometimes opens the door to worse things later on. Start with something small and open the door to bigger things such as creating laws that would punish parents for buying games not suited for their children or forcing game console companies to add a scurity feature that would require owners of the consoles to constanly approve the use of a game based on the rating and to take responsibilities if, by any chance, a violent situation could somehow be linked to the game use. Oh I see this going from bad to worse so fast.

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TommM

You have to wonder about the people who vote these morons in.  While they're wasting time on useless legislation like this, the economy is in the tank, unemployment is nearly at 10% and violent crime (completely unassociated with video gaming) is on the rise.

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pepper_roni

Its called ESRB, if a parent is to dumb to figure that one out, then they shouldnt have kids

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DDTechGuy

@bstrauts & Blues22475 are right on track.

Speaking of on track...can you say 

DUKE NUKEM FOREVER!?!

Mayhem comes back in May; perhaps those with violent tendancies will be too busy playing DKF to ever hurt anyone...Now THAT'S therapy for ya.

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Caboose

What a crock of shit!

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I Jedi

You and me, Paul, right here right now. I'm so fracking pumped up right now after playing CS: S and watching Fight Club, that I just want to rip someone's head off. RAWR.

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bstauts

If parents aren't monitoring their kids game play and attitudes than there lies the problem. It's just another polititian trying to make a name for themselves along with getting some more votes. 

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Blues22475

Agreed. This politician is a bloody moron. Video games don't need a "warning label" on them because they already have a "warning label" on them to start with: the rating from the ESRB. If parents would take advantage of this rating system this wouldn't be so much of an issue. Instead, it seems parents are doing exactly what they're doing with television and movies: letting their children seeing content that is not appropriate for children.

There's no reason for the government to get involved because the people have to deal with this issue. "You man lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."

 

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