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The topic of gun violence and its relationship with video games continues to be a pressing topic as the United States government works to grapple with daily tragedies. Following the unthinkable events in Newtown, Connecticut last December, the issue of gun control and violent media has been in the spotlight. Numerous studies have been unable to determine correlation between video games and violent tendencies, but one senator is prepared to throw the weight of Congress against the gaming industry.
Earlier this week, California’s Dianne Feinstein spoke to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on a number of topics, including gun control. The senator is known for her firm stance against firearms, but in this latest appearance, she had some strong words for the video game industry.
Video games provide “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that,” Feinstein said. She also shared her desire to see the industry produce products that aren’t focused on large firearms. She warned that Congress might decide to take measures of its own.
While Feinstein is correct that many titles do feature big guns, her statements ignore the wealth of far less violent games available. Especially with the popularity of Lego titles, Angry Birds, and the upcoming Disney Infinity, young people have options that are free from gun violence. Journey, which received a number of Game of the Year awards, is the antithesis of the type of game Feinstein described. Those experiences are out there, and their prevalence is growing.
More troubling than the uninformed approach taken by the senator is the implication for free speech. Per a United States Supreme Court ruling in 2011, video games are afforded protections under the first amendment. Were Feinstein successful in rallying Congress to pursue the gaming industry, she might have a difficult time enacting legislation that could stand an appearance before the nine justices.
[Source: CBS 5 KPIX via Examiner]
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Why is it these people won't at least respect our first ammendment rights, and stop proposing crap like this to prove to their old, brittle, and ignorant constituents they are doing something, while the rest roll their eyes at another stupid attempt to curry favor. I am so tired of our industry being the punching bag whenever some violent lunatic says he played games or blames them so people focus on that rather than his mental issues. Hopefully ideas like this die off soon, so we can move on to persecuting holograms or whatever.
this would be the dumbest thing ever
While I am looking forward to FPS's not being the main focus of developers and maybe a different genre becoming the main one for a while, I also dislike the idea of stuff like this being /legally/ enforced and controlled. Thank goodness for that supreme court ruling games as art, I don't know what else they've done to be honest but that's enough to earn my respect.
Excuse my language but HELL NO!
They are going to have to pry my digital guns from my cold, dead digital fingers
Ppl won't like this ... All I know is there are rating on video games for a reaso , ppl should start paying attention to them
I hate quick-fix ideas. People like Feinstein look to fixing holes with band-aids rather than treat the cause of the infection.
Video games and gun violence don't mix. Does this woman know anything about the words, "Entertainment" and "Artful Expression?" I blame Call of Duty for this, and I love COD. Their popularity has given unconstitutional politicians the wrong idea of general video games. This truly is unlawful because she's fighting the wrong people right now. Why can't we except that there is evil in this world and in some scenarios modern medical practices cannot explain why?
I'd play Battlefield with NERF guns. Until those become "too violent" as well.
Great! Another senator who believes her opinions are truth. She believes video games are a negative role for young people, therefore it's absolute, it must be true. Even though she has nothing to back it up (as far as I know). And all those studies that show games have no significant impact on real world violence are irrelevant b/c they did not produce the results she wanted.
She probably also believes washing a child's mouth with soap actually stops them from saying dirty words.
Just another politician manipulating the public, and saying whatever sounds good to stay popular with voters.
I really hate the fact that instead actually finding out what causes these senseless massacres, politicians just point fingers, come up with new rules and regulations for products that may have no impact in preventing the next tragedy.
If you can't tell the difference between real life and video games, of course you'll have that problem. And you need help as well lol