US lawmaker proposes ban on mature arcade games which don’t exist

Somebody Think of the Children

By on April 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

A New Jersey lawmaker by the name of Linda Stender is proposing a ban on publicly playable video games rated Mature or Adults Only, citing “the correlation between violent video games and violent behavior.”

There’s just one small problem, as Kotaku points out: publicly playable games such as arcade machines and pinball machines don’t actually get rated by the ESRB, meaning that the games Stender is proposing to legislate, for the most part, don’t actually exist — outside of the occasional LAN party scenario.

The news follows reports from January that Massachusetts’ Department of Transportation was pulling light-gun games like Time Crisis from rest stops, following complaints by parents that they were inappropriate in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings last year.

“Children today are exposed to violent images more than ever. Violent video games can desensitize children to violence and give them a warped version of reality where violence and death have no consequences outside their TV screens,” said Stender in her press release. “This bill hopes to minimize this exposure, which if prolonged and coupled with other factors can have a devastating effect.”

Source: Kotaku

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Lord_PorkSword

lolz

 

lol awesome.

 

Is there reference to what research/article she was actually citing? I was under the impression there was very little evidence, if any, to support the correlation between violent video games and violent behaviour.

I’ve played a myriad of different games, with different themes and ratings, but I’m still yet to have shot up a school, gotten into a fight, or any of the maladjusted behaviour they’re claiming violent video games cause.
Maybe they should step back and look at the bigger picture; I was at the cinemas the other night and saw a group of 13-14 year olds doing shit I would never have considered doing when I was their age, even with my exposure to light gun games and the age of Mortal Kombat.

 

“This bill hopes to minimize this exposure, which if prolonged and coupled with other factors can have a devastating effect.”

To give credit where it’s due, she’s not pinning games as the SOLE factor in such tragedies. That being said, I think she’s putting too much focus on games – it’s more of the ‘other factors’ messing up kids than the games themselves as I understand it.

 

A solution in search of a problem…

 

Let’s make an adult arcade game, get it released so that it can get banned! Sounds awesome!

 

jjager:
Is there reference to what research/article she was actually citing? I was under the impression there was very little evidence, if any, to support the correlation between violent video games and violent behaviour.

I’ve played a myriad of different games, with different themes and ratings, but I’m still yet to have shot up a school, gotten into a fight, or any of the maladjusted behaviour they’re claiming violent video games cause.
Maybe they should step back and look at the bigger picture; I was at the cinemas the other night and saw a group of 13-14 year olds doing shit I would never have considered doing when I was their age, even with my exposure to light gun games and the age of Mortal Kombat.

There’s evidence correlating heavy metal music and teenagers prone to suicide. Correlation, but not causation. Which is why the government’s looking into using it to use it as an early warning sign for students that should be monitored more carefully.

I think the person I spoke to also said they found those that listened to rap did drugs more than people who listened to other groups of music.

But really, they get rid of video games but not guns? Harvard has shown evidence towards more guns in a country = more gun deaths with Mexico as the outlier for less guns but significantly more deaths.

Seriously yanks, get your shit together. It’s guns that are a bigger problem, but apparently that doesn’t win votes with the idiot parents.


Source: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/hicrc/firearms-research/guns-and-death/

 

Ah causation; cheers Rapid, my statistics terminology has decayed a little with the lack of use over the last year or so.

I do agree with you though in that I feel there are many other areas that could be addressed to deal with these particular issues. I’d be interested to see studies that show exactly what kind of mental processes are altered by prolonged exposure to violent video games as opposed to those who aren’t, and whether it differs much from other violent media like movies or violent music.

I’ve definitely seen a massive desensitisation amongst some of my friends that spend a lot of time on the internet compared to those that don’t, and can admit that I’m likely desensitised certain subject matter myself. This is exclusively for video games, but the other areas of the internet such of 9gag, 4chan and whatever else is out there.

 

“Children today are exposed to violent images more than ever”

wrong.

Not so long ago ‘children’ were involved in actual violence by the time they were in their teens due to wars, tribal conflicts and the like.

seeing actual people being harmed > seeing images in a video game.

 

I support this act. But only if at the same time they remove their right to bear arms, decrease gun ownership, change their cutlure of violence and provide a health/education system which only benefits the rich.

Yeah fat chance of that happening.

 

ralphwiggum:
I support this act. But only if at the same time they remove their right to bear arms, decrease gun ownership, change their cutlure of violence and provide a health/education system which only benefits the rich.
Yeah fat chance of that happening.

They already have the health/education system in place, but the culture of idiocy still remains strong…

Not only that they are trying to push that culture into other cultures pretty hard too :(

 

I should’ve said a health/education system which DOESN’T only benefit the rich…but I think you know what I meant ;)

But yeah thanks to good ‘ol President Obama improvements have been made, but fark me it took a lot of work, kicking and screaming to try and make the system more equitable. Still far from perfect and we have it so much better here.

I had a nice chat with an American lady on a plane a few years ago. You know how to recognise a smart American? Because they recognise just how screwed up their country is compared to other places.

 
Village idiot

Lold at the picture that went along with this story.

 

What caused violent crime before we had movies and video games to blame?

I’m pretty sure the crime rate in the US has dropped since the 70′s.

Edit*…

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/06/violent-video-games-contribute-to-dropping-crime-rate-study-suggests/

 

I took it as meaning in store kiosks etc.

 
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