March 21, 2012
Congressmen Wants Warning Labels On Video Games Rated “E” And Up
Congressmen are trying to get a bill approved that would see that video games with an "E" rating and above are equipped with a health warning label.
Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced a bill on Monday that would force game publishers to print warning labels on their products to warn parents of possible aggressive behavior.
If approved, game labels would have to read: "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior."
The Violence in Video Games Labeling Act stems from studies that have shown how video games are linked to aggressive behavior in children and teenagers.
"The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families and to consumers -- to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products," Congressman Joe Baca said in a statement.
If the bill is passed, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be required to release a list of rules as to how and why a game must have a warning label.
The bill would see that warning labels are issued 180 days after the game receives its rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.
If a game receives an "E", "E10+", "T", "M", or "AO", it will be required to don the warning label.
"Just as we warn smokers of the health consequences of tobacco, we should warn parents -- and children -- about the growing scientific evidence demonstrating a relationship between violent video games and violent behavior," Congressman Frank Wolf said in a statement.