Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) has introduced a bill that would require all ESRB Teen-rated games and higher to have a parental advisory sticker.
The bill called The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011 would require the following sticker if it passed and became law: “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.”
“The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers,” said Baca, “to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile, research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products.”
Baca points to studies the University of Indiana, the University of Missouri, and others, but there is also research that contends there is no link.
Baca has already introduced a similar bill in 2009, but that never made it out of committee for a vote.
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