Discuss: Warning Labels on Video Games

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March 23, 2012 at 05:41:02
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that a Congressman has proposed a bill requiring warning labels to appear on all video games rated "E" and above. Discuss here if you think this move is necessary, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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March 23, 2012 at 16:53:13
I haven't read about it yet but personally I only see this as an excuse to raise the prices of the games. Maybe we should put warning lables across car winshields. It makes almost as much sence.

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March 24, 2012 at 15:53:09
Warning labels will reduce the publishers and sellers liability. Shifting as much of the responsibility to the parents or other adult for the antisocial behavior of the user.

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March 24, 2012 at 22:19:46
But the rating labels are already warning labels? And submitting a game for review is voluntary? Do any retailers penalize unrated games?

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March 25, 2012 at 18:06:48
I think that the way they have it now is fine. A large letter on front and more details (if you REALLY wanna look) on the back.

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March 25, 2012 at 19:44:12
This is the Congressmans way of saying that he believes most parents are too stupid to pay attention to what their children are doing and these games are turning them into mass murderers. If any of this is true what good would more labels do. Personally I think it's getting a bit out of hand. If the parent trusts that their child can handle whatever is in the game then the label is a waste of time. If the parent doesn't believe the child can handle it then they most likely would not be looking at these games anyhow. Again no label needed. This is nothing more than a politicians desperate attempt at grabbing votes.


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March 26, 2012 at 07:59:12
I'm sorry but I don't buy this "link" between violence and violent video games.

Yes, I'm almost 50 and yes, we didn't have violent video games when we were kids. What we did have was imagination, a whole world to play in and a buttload of toy guns. We played "war", we played (pardon me if this isn't PC but....) "Cowboys and Indians", we played "guns". We watched violent TV shows and movies.

In fact, I remember for a while the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner show was taken off the air because it was "too violent".

Oh, we also got into mud fights, dirt lump fights, rock throwing fights and you betchya, fistfights with each other too. We were kids and these things happen with active, competetive children. In fact, my best friend and his older brother used to get into it at least once a week and I knew these twins who were a year older than me who fought with each other (violently at times too) almost every single day.

A lot of us got into gaming later on in life as video games were developed. I for one was a hardcore gamer for many many years as was my best friend. We both still play games regularly, but not daily anymore.

Of all the kids in my neighbour hood and in school that I knew growning up, oddly enough NOT A SINGLE SOLITARY ONE HAS COMMITTED MURDER.

I'm with likelystory on this one. It's the gov't telling you that you aren't capable of parenting.

Also, they (the gov't) are being pushed by the numbnuts out there who when their kid kills someone want to blame the rest of the world instead of the psychotic little POS that committed the murder. "Oh, it wasn't Johnnies fault, it was those bad, nasty, violent video games"

I find it very odd these same parents and politicians haven't noticed all the violent TV shows yet......

Welcome to George Orwell's 1984.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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March 31, 2012 at 00:58:27
Actually I grew up in a crowd of muderers I guess. I have two cousins doing life for it. Four that I went to high school with have been convicted of it. I'd hate to think that "Pong" drove them to it though. Of those six that I can think off the top of my head five of them I know first hand ( I spent time in their homes ) had no real parental figures in their homes. Most were worthless drunks or drug addicts themselves. In my messed up mind I have to point to them rather than asteroids or space invaders as the reason these kids went wrong.

Something that keeps sticking in my head is some footage I saw on the news in my early teens. It was a mother screaming obsenities at police for killing her twenty one year old son. This was a person that had been in and out of some kind of jail since age nine. His finale big move was to open up on police with a machine pistol. After hearing mommy scream about how they ( the police ) never gave him a bleeping chance I myself was driven to anger. I so much wanted to be there to get in her face and scream back that her kid was dead because she was a waste of life as a mother.


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April 7, 2012 at 06:58:13
Why they will only be ignored by most

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