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Violent Video Game Campaign

Are you worried about the increasingly violent and graphic content in video games?


VIDEO GAME LEGISLATION

CLICK HERE to view a detailed map of violent video game LEGISLATION across the U.S.

FTC Now Accepting Complaints on Media Violence

The Federal trade Commission has expanded its consumer complaint handling system to categorize and track complaints about media violence, including complaints about the advertising, marketing, and sale of violent movies, electronic games (including video games), and music. the expanded complaint system, implemented in response to Congressional directives, will enable the Commission to track consumer complaints about media violence and identify issues of particular concern to consumers. Consumers who wish to file complaints may use the Commission's online complaint form, available at http://www.FTC.gov, or call toll-free at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). Consumers should direct complaints regarding the content of television programming to the Federal Communications Commission.


PTC Applauds Gov. Schwarzenegger for Appealing Violent Video Game Ruling

State Measure to Prohibit Sale of Graphic Games to Children Helps Parents

 

The Parents Television Council, together with its six California grassroots chapters, applauded California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for appealing District Judge Ronald Whyte’s ruling that overturned the popular violent video game LEGISLATION. more


Victory! California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ignored strong lobbying from software makers and signed LEGISLATION on Friday that bans the sale of violent video games to children.

The bill would end the sale and rental of violent games to minors that depict serious injury which is determined to be especially heinous, atrocious or cruel. It also calls for $1,000 fines for violators and requires violent video games to be labeled. MORE


Victory! Michigan Governor Signs Violent Video Game Bill into Law

The PTC urged members who live in Michigan to contact their state representatives to express support for SB-249, a bill that would keep violent video games out of the hands of children. thanks to their activism, we are happy to report that the bill has been passed by both houses of the Michigan legislature and has been signed into law by the Governor.

This is a stunning victory for Michigan families and a true testament to the power of grassroots activism. VIDEO: Governor Schwarzenegger takes Steps to Protect Children


PTC Calls on Indiana Legislature to Pass Sen. Simpson's Violent Video Games Bill

The PTC, with more than one million members nationwide, applauded Indiana State Senator Vi Simpson for introducing LEGISLATION (SB 287) that would ban the sale and rental of violent video games to minors. the PTC called on the Indiana legislature to quickly pass the bill and send it to the Governor Mitch Daniels for signature.

"Millions of people recognize that this type of bill would protect children from gaining access to graphically violent video games without infringing on the rights of adults. Retailers currently have no legal obligation to curtail the selling of graphic, harmful and violent video games to minors," said tim Winter, executive director of the PTC.

Over the past year, the PTC has intensified its efforts to increase public awareness to the impacts of violent video games and their affects on children. Working with its 35 chapters across the country, chapter directors have called on local city, county and state lawmakers to make the sale of violent video games to children a high priority. Violent video game LEGISLATION has passed in Michigan, Illinois and California and is being considered at the federal level in Congress.

"The industry's so-called self-solution is an abysmal failure, as studies repeatedly prove that small children can easily purchase adult-oriented games. In addition, medical research at Indiana University shows that these games can cause damage to a child's brain. We hope the Indiana legislature will follow the lead of other states and move quickly to pass this law," Winter continued.


CA Assembly Speaker pro tem Leland Yee Responds to Video Game Industry Lawsuit

The Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association filed a lawsuit in SF Federal Court over the new California law prohibiting the sale of extremely violent video games to children.

The law which was authored by Assembly Speaker pro tem Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/Daly City) and signed eleven days ago by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles), addresses the growing concern among parents that children can easily purchase video games in which the medical community has overwhelmingly deemed harmful to children's mental health.

"The $31 billion video game industry is not concerned with the health and welfare of our children; they are simply concerned with their own financial interests," said Speaker pro tem Yee. "the new California law has been drafted with the help of constitutional experts to pass such a challenge and I expect the courts to agree." MORE


Violent Video Game LEGISLATION Protects Children

Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D.
Speaker pro tempore
California State Assembly
 

This legislative session I am joining a broad coalition of parents, child advocates, psychiatrists, law enforcement officers, and civil rights leaders in authoring Assembly Bill 450, which would restrict the sale of the most ultra-violent video games to children. No longer are games simply about shooting aliens and destroying asteroids, but instead the top selling games reward players for killing police officers, maiming elderly persons, running over pedestrians and committing despicable acts of murder and torture upon women and racial minorities. As a child psychologist, I understand the harmful effects these types of games have on our children.

Specifically, AB 450 would prohibit the sale and rental of violent video games that depict serious injury to human beings in a manner that is especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel, to persons who are 16 years of age or younger.

According to the Federal trade Commission, nearly 70 percent of thirteen to sixteen year olds are able to purchase M-rated (Mature) video games, which are designed for adults. Ninety-two percent of children play video or computer games, of which about forty percent are rated M. Mature-rated games are the fastest growing segment of the 10 billion-dollar video game industry.

Last session, we were successful in passing a bill that requires retailers to post a sign explaining the video game rating system. However, since that bill passed many new games have been introduced, like Manhunt and JFK Reloaded, which are even more violent and realistic. Clearly, the video game industry is not concerned with the welfare of our children.

Nonetheless, I support the video game industry's right to make these games. Many of the artists and producers of video games are incredibly talented and creative. AB 450 does not ban or censor any games, but simply prohibits the most appalling games from being sold to our children.

As adults, we have a responsibility to protect our children from harmful material. While clearly it is the right of adults to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and pornography, few if any would argue that children should be allowed to drink, smoke, or view pornography. We don't view these restrictions as violations of children's rights; we view them as necessary limitations to protect their health and safety. the courts have agreed, and even the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the death penalty, stated that our children deserve different considerations under the law.

There is hard medical evidence to prove that activities, such as smoking, drinking, and viewing pornography at a young age can interfere with a child's development. Similarly, countless studies have shown that excessive exposure to media violence at a young age can lead to increased aggression, desensitization, and anti-social behavior later in life. Additionally, the repetitive aspect of video games makes them particularly dangerous to children. Many of today's games closely resemble those used by the military to train soldiers for combat and by law enforcement to protect our community.

Regulating the sale of violent video games to minors does not take away a parent's responsibility, but in fact gives them control. Right now, any 12 year old can walk into a retailer and purchase a video game that will allow him or her to virtually act out violence on lifelike depictions of humans without their parent's knowledge. In Postal 2, the lead character mutters sexist and racist slurs while urinating or pouring gasoline on women and minorities before setting them on fire. In Grand theft Auto, a player can hire a prostitute and then kill her to boost his energy reserves. these types of games are simply inappropriate and unhealthy for our children.

Proudly, Californians have overwhelmingly agreed. the Girl Scouts, Common Sense Media, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Commission on the Status of Women, NAACP, and the state Parent teachers Association are all supporting AB 450. Please join us in protecting our children by supporting the effort to pass this much-needed LEGISLATION.
 

Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D.
Speaker pro tempore
California State Assembly
Speaker pro tempore Leland Yee represents the 12th Assembly District, which includes San Francisco and San Mateo Counties.

 


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