US Senator raises possibility of legislating violent games

Feinstein

By on April 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein last week raised the possibility that the Senate could or should step in to legislate the amount of violence in gaming.

In San Francisco last Wednesday, Feinstein was discussing how to respond to the the Sandy Hook shooting with legislation, and claimed that games provide “a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that.”

“If Sandy Hook doesn’t do it, if the knowledge of these video games this young man played doesn’t, then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future,” she continued.

In the same interview Feinstein also claimed that the NRA had attempted to intimidate politicians by threatening to sponsor their opponents heavily in future elections if they were to push for bans on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Source: Associated Press via Games Industry

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Face… meet palm….

Because thats about all one can say in regards to the stupidity and general lack of knowledge on the subject she is displaying.

 

It’s alright, in another few years the majority of these people will die from old age, and with it their 20th century views on everything, then it’s just the waiting game till people from a more techno-savvy generation, who have an idea about these issues will take their place.

 

Fuck off with your beige regimes of censoring the world, i thought bioshock infinite’s take on slapping the worlds beigeness in the face was fantastic. we are in a real world so censoring everything and wrapping everyone in cotton wool isnt gonna help, if you wanna help how about starting a vote to make polititions same wage as standard income makers, then we will see change.

 

Oh sounds smart we should legislate all violent mediums then. It’s the parents responsibility not to let their children play violent games like any other medium. Not the governments to tell us what to do.

 

Pretty much what Vand said ^^
You know what they say about progress and funerals.
Please nobody misinterpret that.

 

Legislate the amount of violence in a game?

Isn’t that exactly what a Classification Board does? Oh wait… it’s industry-regulated or some such thing in the US, isn’t it?

 

It’s a shame this doesn’t pass in America, Canada, and the UK so we can snag all the development studios and publisher support in Australia haha.

There can always be a greedy path when things like this happen :)

 

What.

The.

Fuck.

 
Lord_Apophis

Governments should stop trying to control the people. Let the market and the people decide if it is too violent.

 

When they get their guns under control, then getting the violence in games under control will be piss easy.

Senator Dianne Feinstein:
In the same interview Feinstein also claimed that the NRA had attempted to intimidate politicians by threatening to sponsor their opponents heavily in future elections if they were to push for bans on assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines.

You know, if you are worried about that, why can’t you accept their support and then just ignore them after you have been elected.. not like pollies don’t do that already.

 

Won’t somebody think of the children!

 

ooshp,

The first amendment is a major stumbling block to any attempt by the government to regulate what can or can’t be in a game. IIRC the state of California tried to stop the sale (not the production) of violent video games to minors, but was prevented from doing so by the Supreme Court.

The only way around this would be if the level of violence in a video game rose to the level of legal obscenity; so as long as Tarantino et al are able to keep making high-violence movies without repercussions then games are probably safe too.

 

This reaction is very interesting. What she is saying is regarding legislation, not law. This is easy to challenge for it’s validity as there is lots of BS legislation about. People don’t think they have the ability to challenge, but that is what court and other situations are for.

Doesn’t change the fact she’s being a short sighted idiot.

 

could just enforce existing ratings? or is that too sensible

 

Wasn’t Tarrantinos film kill bill forced to be black and white for the majority of that fight scene in that restaurant because it was too graphic? Pretty sure the MPAA had something to do with it so it could get a R rating over there.

I think Senator Feinstein is doing a grab for anything while Sandy Hook is still fresh in peoples emotions.

I hope further legislation doesn’t happen. Parents should monitor what their kids play, not the government.

We start letting the government decide what is suitable and soon Disney films and games will be all that are available.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

vand:
It’s alright, in another few years the majority of these people will die from old age, and with it their 20th century views on everything, then it’s just the waiting game till people from a more techno-savvy generation, who have an idea about these issues will take their place.

dont worry its getting close to the end of the baby boomers time in power, just a few more decades, then comes the long healing time. as long as we didnt pick up too many bad habits from them

 

I dunno about “a few years” until these people stop their nonsense. I’m starting to think maybe we should all freeze ourselves and come out in about 20 years.

 

lol ahh, god, typical…she’s old, out of touch, and probably one of those overly religious people. They’re always out against gaming! lol

 

lordapophis:
Governments should stop trying to control the people. Let the market and the people decide if it is too violent.

The role of government is to represent and act on the will of the people, and as vand said (sort of) the political landscape will change a lot in the coming decade or two.

But yes, legislation has its purpose and this is not one of them.

 
|3lack|)eath

Bloody hell, it isn’t enough to have a rating system is it aye Dianne? Wonder if she has actually played a video game with any sort of action/violence in it.

 
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