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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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Why? When you have the powers of Bobby Kotick, who needs a lobbyist seriously?
Yeah, and the fact that abc family can say H and A words and violent television, movies, and parents have nothing to do with it. XP
Id love to see them take my lightning +5 uchigatana. Whoever does that is just asking for a great combustion to the face.
Is anyone really surprised that this is coming up? If EA, Activision, and the ESA donated a lot of money, to either party, to promote a liberal agenda then this wouldn't even be discussed. Any recent studies about violent movies or music? Gotta pay to play with this government.
I'm been a gamer since I was old enough to hold a Nintendo controller which was around four years of age. The clear fact is that I'm less violent being a gamer than I would have been otherwise over the years. Not to mention the fact that as a child I had a near death experience so I already had a deep respect for life to begin with. Being violent is a state of mind I never hope to be in.
"Solve actual problems? Nah, let's just pass useless bills."
Give this to the Senate.
Short answer, it doesn't cause violent behavior. Give me several billion dollars for reaching that conclusion that so many other researchers have reached, please.
You know what makes people violent, stupidity.
Maybe we should research how to get rid of that. Then everyone would be happy and we'd probably actually get things done on this little insignificant speck we call Earth.
People still can't face the truth that bad parenting causes bad kids not violent media whether it be video games or movies.
Why solve real problems when we can blame it on something right away? I really hope games will be respected as an artistic medium like literature and film someday.
The US Senate should consider a bill on how to be a f**king parent. Violent games aren't for kids. Don't let kids play them. Problem solved. FFS.
How about Congress actually doing their job instead of worrying about people's personal lives for once?