Connecticut State Representative DebraLee Hovey says "countless studies" have proven that violent video games provoke aggressive and violent behavior, particularly among children and teenagers.
*Yawn*What else is new?Games already have warnings on the cases.This will just got tossed out the window like last time.These morons should really stop wasting their time on a lost cause.
The special taxes she wants.
Because games don't cost a lot already? What about violent/sexual movies? What about even the news its just as bad. These people are just idiots who look to use the gaming industry as scape goats for their own agendas.
@Sethry exactly mate bit is what is failed to be mentioned is what about all the failed parents and mentally ill children do we start labelling them also.
@ Sethry101 Hasn't that always been the case with feminists, (bleeding heart) liberals and social conservatives?
* These type of people are the bullies that take on the "easy" targets. Or so they think. They need to Tax Mature TV & Movies then too, as well as Mature Commercials, mature TV talk shows & Mature reality shows.
Does she even know what the "M Rating" on videogame cases actually is and what it means? Just like all the panty-waist political gun reformers that think a gun magazine is an actual bullet, she probably just dove head first into this without knowing a damn thing about what she's talking about.
What they should be doing is attacking big pharma. Most mass murderers have been have been on massive amounts of meds. A lot of these meds aren't even tested properly, and they're pushed out on market.
after what happened in Newtown, im sure this State's Bills/Laws/Legislation are always looking at video-games, music, television and whatever other entertainment they can point their finger at for violence. Canadians, Europeans and Americans listen/watch/play the same entertainment. Yet, only Americans kill each other on a regular basis. I blame the news. News is different in other countries. Here in America, the PM news is always like: "break-ins around your neighborhood, shooting in the streets and kidnapping in your backyard." It's ONLY news like this that gets reported on local stations. It makes people paranoid, and everyone feels like they need a gun to protect themselves. Anyways, this wouldn't effect me since im from Pennsylvania. But, if the tax proves affective, then i can imagine other states would adopt it. So, therefore, i hope this bill is DOA (dead on arrival). EDIT: Reading through the comments, why are you people asking for more taxes? "If they tax games, they need to tax everything else." They need to not add any extra tax to entertainment, PERIOD. My god, it's not a negotiation. Stand up for your rights. I'm sure the American government would like to add a tax to just about anything, so seeing people "invite" it is kinda an insane thing to see. As if they dont take enough money off of us through taxes already.
Common sense without a cent of taxpayers money has proved that all these politicians are in the pockets of corporations, or speak christian values while banging the mistress, or are just plain old evil people..... Nasty vermin.....
you mean these morons should learn to understand something before slapping a baseless new tax or law on something. As if we don't have enough taxes. The most ridiculous thing is this relating to children and teenagers. Ok why are they playing "M" games and having this aggressive behavior issues? The ESRB does it's job. God FORBID PARENTS actually do their job and parent their children. We're such a pathetic nation and society nowadays it's sickening.
"DebraLee Hovey says "countless studies" have proven that violent video games provoke aggressive and violent behavior, particularly among children and teenagers." And yet they never once mention where the studies can be found. The reality is our US Representatives a scumbags who take hand out from lobbyists. IMO it should be open hunting season on all of them.
Technically the M-rating should be warning enough but hey let's put a warning sign on the warning signs so you can be warned while being warned.
Yo dawg... lol This kind of stuff is so silly to people like us. It's almost simplistic. Would you let your four year old watch Scarface? Okay. Now would you let them be in a situation where they are actually making the conscious decision to pull the trigger? Where they press 'x' to slap the taste out of your sisters mouth, who you found about to have sex with a guy in a bathroom stall? The answer(s) should be a thunderous NO! Stfu and pay attention to your children.
Should tax the idiot parents who buy grand theft auto for their ten year old.
I played gta at a young age, it didn't make me violent or aggressive.
I agree with you... Hence one of those agrees is from me! I don't think any game should be taxed based on maturity of content. I remember playing the first grand theft auto on psx at around twelve year old and I haven't gone on any killing sprees as well. I just think it's funny that the people complaining are most likely guilty of buying mature games for kids.
There already is a warning label. It's the big M in the corner of the box.
why do people even go to law schools when they can't even do things right?
Because you can get thousands and thousands of dollars of retainers for silly and frivolous lawsuits. Oh...and they like the law.
They thrive on peoples lack of common sense & decency. If everyone paid attention, to they'd have to rely more heavily on seemly innocuous details to snare payday. Gateway MT6706 2008
If you as a parent (which I am) are too lazy to notice, care or even pay attention to what kind of video games your child is playing or what kind you're buying, how is that the rest of the industries problem? Not to mention the industry is already self regulating and have clear warnings labels and pay plenty of taxes. People like this are what makes our system of government suck to no end. No surprise this retard is a Republican gun lover pushing a gun lobby agenda to blame video games for Sandy Hook and other mass killings instead of the Person/People who did it. Yes Ms. DebraLee Hovey lets sight one study from Iowa State that claims to have found a link no other study done in the last 20 years has found. A link between Video games and Violence. Ok so lets put warning labels on guns, movies, music and bullets. Let put an extra tax on them too because we need to warn people about Violent triggers remember. So tired of this BS and the gun lobby pushing this crap to deflect from them. This last statement even proves the retard wrong. "the final report on the Sandy Hook mass murder found no connection between the shooting and violent video games." Wow what a surprise huh Ms. Hovey idiot
Well said sir, well said.
theres already warning on violent games its called the esrb rating
"countless studies" have proven that violent video games provoke aggressive and violent behavior, particularly among children and teenagers." Oh look, children and teenagers....you know, the demographic who aren't suppose to legally buy these types of games. Blame their parents for buying them. Besides, M rated games can be used as a tool for good. Extra Credits did an episode on this. IIRC, Some college professor lets his 5 year old daughter play GTA. He uses it as a teaching tool.Like how to drive on the correct side of the road and stop and red lights, ect.
Oh hey look at this lawmaker actually doing something..... oh wait. *Looks at giant M on the box* Nevermind..... The ONLY reason they attack video games is because the core of the industry is in other countries, which means none of the main companies care enough to waste money on Congress to favor them. Hollywood dumps money into congress' pockets all the time, thats why all these new wannabe laws and such ONLY target video games. Get EA and Acti to create a "kiss arse fund" and congress will suddenly not care anymore.
What a nimrod. How about talking about how parents should do their job and not buy mature games for their kids? That's the real problem.
I'd say it's the parents job to educate their kids and properly teach them reality/fantasy; I played violent games even before the rating system, yet I didn't do anything illegal/wrong. I swear common sense died at the end of the 90's (not directing at you, talking about the article).
She's just uninformed. I'm going to write her a letter.
Fun fact...They have warning labels.
Prepping the sheep for the incoming elections.
Has been tried before and failed... Both the Taxes and the labels... Does no one remember that games were classified as art a few years back by the supreme court?
If they do it, it'd be found unconstitutional. A government can't tax something arbitrarily and capriciously, especially something protected under the 1st Amendment as video games have been held by the Supreme Court to be. Let her be an idiot and waste taxpayer money, and anyone in her district should vote her out of office for such wastefulness.
Great another one of these people, video games have more descriptors on their warning labels than any other type of media. Just be an educated parent and stop buying GTA for your 7 year old...
Countless studies have proven violent behavior? I haven't seen one. Even if this was true how would taxing games solve the problem?
That's what I was thinking. In fact, I think countless studies has shown just the opposite. She's clearly just one of those lawmakers that sit around thinking up things she thinks justify her job as a "lawmaker" and make her a favorite among the mid-age and older voters. It's all politics, all the time.
It won't. It's yet another ploy to control (and fleece) people.
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