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No Warning Symbols on Violent Games in the US

Joseph Baca Not Re-Elected

Joseph Baca, who is currently a member of the US House of Representatives, demanded for years that certain video games in the US should be outfitted with warning labels. Just like on cigarette packages, the symbols were supposed to be prominently placed on the front of the game boxes. Every video game that got a higher rating than "T" was supposed to carry this rating according to Baca's plans:

WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.

Baca based his argumentation on a study that ignores the fact that there is no current clinical research that supports the assumption that media violence could be linked to real violence.

The call for these labels was called "Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009" a bit earlier and came to life in 2009 (obviously). The first draft was rejected early on but Baca didn't gave up. A second attempt was made in 2011 where he was supported by Frank Wolf and after that was unsuccessful, a third attempt failed by a lack of support. The title of that campaign was hardly any better: "Violence in Video Games Labeling Act".

That was hardly surprising since Baca revised his statements only very slightly and basically submitted his demands in identical form again and again with the same "facts" and sentences.

Fortunately, we can't expect a 4th attempt. On November 6th, 2012, Baca lost his seat in the House of the Representatives.

Release: Nov 15, 2012 - Author: Jim - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Kotaku

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