[NEWS] call for violence warning on all video games... again.
Ok. Not ALL games... but close enough.
Two US Congressmen Monday once again proposed a bill that would require the vast majority of video games to bear a warning label about content they consider "potentially damaging."
Under the one-page Violence in Video Games Labeling Act, packaging for all video games except those rated "EC" for Early Childhood would be required to prominently display a message reading "WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior." The proposed label would be required even if the video game in question is not violent.
Much of the concern over the link between video games and violence can be traced back to a statement released by the American Psychological Association in 2000, which warned parents about excessive exposure to violent games. However, the APA has since retracted that statement, and published a thorough study of video game violence research in its Review of General Psychology. That study found that, while playing violent games can lead to an immediate increase in aggression, such increases are mostly limited to children with prior mental health problems.