VIDEO GAME LEGISLATION
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violent video game LEGISLATION across the U.S.
FTC Now Accepting Complaints on
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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
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