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2006-04-07 11:37:59

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - After playing a violent video game, young men are more likely to think it's OK to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol, raising the possibility that exposure to violent media could negatively affect health-related behavior. "Parents have been told the message that violent video games and violent media in general can influence the likelihood that their kids will be aggressive," Dr. Sonya S. Brady, now at the University of California, San...

2006-04-04 18:59:54

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a Michigan law that bans the sale of violent video games to minors is unconstitutional. Federal District Judge George Caram Steeh issued the ruling in Detroit on Friday and said in court documents that video games were protected under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The law, signed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm last year, imposes civil and criminal penalties for anyone who knowingly distributes violent video...

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2006-04-04 17:55:00

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that a Michigan law that bans the sale of violent video games to minors is unconstitutional. Federal District Judge George Caram Steeh issued the ruling in Detroit on Friday and said in court documents that video games were protected under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The law, signed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm last year, imposes civil and criminal penalties for anyone who knowingly distributes violent video games to a...

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2006-04-04 11:55:00

CHICAGO -- Most video games rated "M" for mature audiences fail to disclose violent content on their labels and can easily fall into the hands of children, according to a study released on Monday. "Parents should not interpret the absence of a content descriptor to mean the absence of content," said study author, Kimberly Thompson of the Harvard School of Public Health. "Parents and physicians should recognize that popular M-rated games contain a wide range of unlabeled content and may...

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2006-01-26 21:15:00

AN JOSE, Calif. -- In a sign that video games are becoming more popular as family entertainment, a national survey released Thursday indicates joysticks aren't just for kids. Thirty-five percent, or about one in three parents, say they play, too, and 80 percent of that segment play video games with their children, according to the new survey commissioned by the Entertainment Software Association, a video game industry group. The average "gamer parent" spends 19 hours a month playing video...

2005-12-22 14:30:00

By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal judge has blocked a California law that would have made it illegal to sell or rent violent video games to minors, saying he doubted whether such sales could be banned even if the games were proved to cause violent behavior among children. The preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law comes amid a political and cultural war over the content of video games, which last year accounted for $7.3 billion in U.S. sales and rivaled...

2005-12-09 09:29:45

Study found players had little reaction to unsettling images They're at the top of many people's holiday gift list, but violent video games can change a person's brain function and desensitize them to real-life violence, a new U.S. study suggests. The study included 39 male undergraduate students who provided information about how often they played their five favorite video games and the levels of violence depicted in those games. The students were then assessed for their irritability and...

2005-11-22 17:05:52

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper 50 Cent, once shot nine times on the street in a gang incident, said on Tuesday parents should buy their children his new video game, rated 'mature' for blood, gore and sexual themes, and use it as a teaching tool. The industry rating for "50 Cent: Bulletproof" means it has been deemed "not suitable" for those under the age of 17. "Just because it is rated mature doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it for your kids," the rapper, whose given name is Curtis...

2005-10-27 14:10:00

By Lisa Baertlein SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Florida state senator has introduced a bill that would ban the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, an aide to the lawmaker said on Thursday. Introduced on October 25 by state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, a Republican from Miami, the bill is a near clone of legislation recently signed into law by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- Hollywood's "Terminator" -- who is portrayed in several video games based on his action film...

2005-10-17 22:42:44

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two industry trade groups sued the state of California on Monday after the state passed a law barring the sale of violent video games to minors. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former screen "Terminator" who is himself portrayed in several video games based on his Hollywood roles, vowed to fight the suit, which was filed in federal court in San Jose. "I will do everything in my power to preserve this new law and I urge the attorney general to...


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