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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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They have already done hundreds of studies on this accusation already. I play violent video games and have since i was a little kid (i.e. Wolfenstein, Doom, etc.) I have never once thought it was a good idea to kill someone. What they need to do is start giving people tests before they have children, stop leaving your guns out where your kids can get them and teach them the importance of gun safety
Didn't the Senate already do this? Either they're incredibly greedy or just plain stupid. Or both.
I've been reading the constitution for hours... I can't find anything in the enumerated powers regarding video games, art, music, or anything...
Well I see one thing coming out of this. Paying that hired lobbyist will incur "increased" development costs that us, the consumers will end up paying for.
it's not the cause Video Games are just a Scapegoat
I've been killing stuff in video games since I could hop on turtles. Now 28, I still haven't killed anything in real life or even been in a fight but I love to rip heads off in God of War. I'm not worried even if this bill passes because all they'll find is that they wasted a bunch of time and money.
The lulz in this article.