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The United States Senate is considering a bill that could lead to a study on the impact of violent video games on children if approved. S.134, The Violent Content Research Act of 2013 would task the National Academy of Sciences to investigate a correlation between exposure to violent video games and behavior in youth.
In response, Activision has engaged the firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld according to a lobbying disclosure firm. The document doesn't state Activision's position on the bill.
The bill was introduced in January and sent to full Senate by the Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee at the end of June. A vote is not yet scheduled. Activision decline to comment.
[Source: US Senate via Joystiq, Washington Post]
Our TakeWithout knowing Activision's position on the bill, it's impossible to interpret the publisher's actions. It's possible that engaging a lobbyist is less about the study and more about being prepared for any potential fallout that could come from it. Getting in the game early would enable Activision to be ready should a study lead to potentially debilitating legislation.
Activision's filing related to hiring the firm wisely lists their work as "art." This potentially sets up a first amendment conversation should the situation arise in which the US government tries to legislate video game content.
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You mean the same study we had in the uk a few years back that concluded that there was little to no correlation between video games and violent behaviour? The same conclusion that most other countries seem to have come to as well?
As a teenager, I've been playing violent games my whole life, and not once have I wanted to hurt someone because of games. I hate shooting guns in real life. If someone is affect by violent imagery, they had a problem to begin with.
What a colossal waste of time and money on the governments' part.
They just don't get it.
Mark my words, one day things will change, and the going-nowhere gridlock we have in Congress that seemingly gets nothing done will adapt into something else.
And I can't wait.
i thought they have already done this and from other countries too?
And this is why it rules to be a politician. Plenty of people and companies to line your pockets!
The problem isn't violence, it's people's mental health and state of mind that's the issue.
Another one? How much research has to be done? How many studies have already shown no direct cause in violence?
Mike, do you think that video game companies need to become more pro-active in regards to elections? I'm not a fan of lobbyists, but if the industry could come together in a united effort, I think it would help.
Just remember, this is the same government that is funding research into virtual worlds for treating PTSD. You've got to cover all your bases. As long as there are companies you can throw cash at. It's not like they can print their own money ... oh, wait...
It is not the governments job to restrict video game content. It is up to parents to decide what there kids play. History shows that the government involving themselves in every aspect of life only leads to failure.
Lobbyists, the great evil like lawyers.
Anyway, regulation = revolt
Video games are a freedom of speech. It's up to parents to decide what's best for their children, not the government.
*Sigh* doesn't Activision see that the fact that they even need to "hire" an *coughs blood* activist show us that even they know that some of the stuff they
Ugh, when are they going to just let this go already? I don't elect people to waste time and resources on this crap. Spend your efforts trying to fix real problems.
This has been going on for ages and now they want to do something about it?How odd...
How about instead of researching the correlation between violent games and youth they research the the correlation between youths that play violent video games and bad parenting?