“Agents, you should all be aware by now that Congressmen Joe Baca and Frank Wolf recently introduced the bill known as H.R.4204 which, if passed, requires video games to display warning labels about the effects of violent content.
Mr. Baca was quoted on the matter is saying “The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families and to consumers — to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products.”
Wolf added “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”
While I admire their interest in the subject, these gentlemen appear to be completely unaware of the existence of the U.S. Department of Electronic Entertainment. Their misguided efforts will only impede our own work. This department, and only this department, has been authorized to deal with such matters. I will be raising my objections with the President himself over this flagrant violation of Congressional authority.
Making matters worse is the fact that the bill recommends the use of the ESRB Age Rating system, instead of our own Age Ratings which are much clearer and more helpful to parents seeking guidance regarding which games are appropriate for their children.
Although the DoEE is not authorized to arrest members of Congress (Thanks to the incident with Joe Lieberman in 1993) we do encourage all Agents and Deputy Agents to issue protests via Baca and Wolf’s websites.
The full text of the bill is below and is available at www.opencongress.org.”
“To require certain warning labels to be placed on video games that are given certain ratings due to violent content. Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission shall promulgate regulations to require the warning label described in subsection (b) to be placed on the packaging of any video game that is rated ‘‘E’’ (Everyone), ‘‘Everyone 10+’’ (Everyone 10 and older),
‘‘T’’ (Teen), ‘‘M’’ (Mature), or ‘‘A’’ (Adult) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The warning label required under a regulation issued under subsection (a) shall be placed in a clear and conspicuous location on the packaging of the applicable video game and shall state: ‘‘WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.’’.
As used in this Act, the term ‘‘video game’’ means any product, whether distributed electronically or through a tangible device, consisting of data, programs, routines, instructions, applications, symbolic languages, or similar electronic information (collectively referred to as ‘‘software’’) that controls the operation of a computer or telecommunication device and that enables a user to interact with a computer controlled virtual environment for entertainment purposes.
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