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Submitted by ClearanceBinReview 1419d ago | opinion piece

Dr. Geek: Treating Video Games like Cigarettes (Video Game Warning Labels)

"Every so often, it seems another politician seeks to spend his or her political capital on an endeavor aimed at curtailing video games. In the 1990s, such endeavors led to the formation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and the rating labels for video and computer games. After the formation of such a self-regulatory system, companies and states have sought to restrict the sales of what are considered the most violent games — usually those rated as M by the ESRB — to minors, fearing that minors are purchasing such titles on their own (even if sales figures do not back up such claims). Last year, the United States Supreme Court ruled that such restrictions violated First Amendment rights, ruling that video games are a form of expression just as any other type of media." (3DS, Culture, ESRB, Industry, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

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