Activision hiring lobby group to handle anti-violent games bill in US Senate

United States Senate

By on September 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm

It looks like Activision are gearing up to enter the political sphere, hiring a lobby group by the name of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

The group will represent Activision’s interest with regards to the Violent Content Research Act, which consumer advocate group the ECA publicly denounced back in August.

This bill seeks to ask the National Academy of Sciences to undertake a broad study which will determine whether violent video games have a negative effect on the people who play them. Its author, Senator Jay Rockefeller, has previously gone on record saying that he does not believe games are entitled to the protection of free speech and that “recent court decisions (supporting video games) demonstrate that some people still do not get it”.

Source: VG247

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They better pass the anti-violent religion bill as well I think, we all know that has been causing violence for at least 4000 years.

 
Lord_PorkSword

dragol: They better pass the anti-violent religion bill as well I think, we all know that has been causing violence for at least 4000 years.

Allow me to give you a virtual handshake on that comment Mate! Couldn’t agree more!

 

Also the anti-corporate control bill while they are at it, might want to add the anti-powerful family control bill there for good measure…

Damn Rockefeller’s have done more damage to society than videogames could ever do…

 

Just curious, why are video games seen as being so much worse and subversive than anything else ever, by certain politicians in certain countries? Seriously, they seem to think it’s rock and roll and the most graphic horror movies combined, while being required to take cocaine while playing or something?

In response to certain other comments, no Christians I know are the violent sort, and I’m not either. I’m both a gamer and a person with religion, and wish people would take it easy on both of these things.

Also, people in the U.S seem far more willing to “do something” about video games than they are about real dangers to their communities. Stuff that may very well kill them, for example. The worse video games might do is rot your brain and damage your social skills.

 

Eh a study? So long as it’s scientifically valid (i.e. fair and in context) I welcome it. It might help some of the fuddy-duddies to redirect their pointed fingers to the underpinning social challenges like stratification and mental health deficiencies.

 

redshirt:
In response to certain other comments, no Christians I know are the violent sort, and I’m not either. I’m both a gamer and a person with religion, and wish people would take it easy on both of these things.

Why should your religion be given a free pass to evade scrutiny unlike anything else?

redshirt:
The worse video games might do is rot your brain and damage your social skills.

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redshirt:

In response to certain other comments, no Christians I know are the violent sort, and I’m not either. I’m both a gamer and a person with religion, and wish people would take it easy on both of these things.

Then clearly they arent real christians…
Re-read the bible and you will quickly see what is “right and wrong” in there. These days people take small snippets they like (or suits them) and carry on calling themselves religious.

 
Lord_PorkSword

Throughout history more people have been killed due to religious beliefs than any other reason for war.
Religion also set back advancement in science and technology for like 200 years.
cough cough The Dark Ages – “That person thinks differently to everyone else…They must be a witch and therefore they must Buuuurn! Look at that strange device he’s using to magnify stars in the heavens…looks like witchcraft to me…Buuuurn!!” cough cough

As they say the Bible is a book with fantastic tales…SpiderMan is also a book with fantastic tales….

 

redshirt: In response to certain other comments, no Christians I know are the violent sort, and I’m not either. I’m both a gamer and a person with religion, and wish people would take it easy on both of these things.

In my first stay in America I was lucky enough to experience a suicide bombing I was across the street from a place called “planned parenthood” they organised contraceptives and help people get through pregnancies, teens, women, families anyone who needs help getting through it and being a responsible parent really.
Now my first (racist) thought after shitting my pants was that it was Islamic extremists about a week later I was told that 2 christian extremists walked in strapped with explosives started abusing people and then killed themselves and injuring a group of people.

There’s this notion that Christianity is a “good religion” and that other religions like Islam are “bad religions” it’s complete crap anything that gives people “moral” high ground can and will be used as a justification for violence.
Just because you don’t act violently or don’t know violent Christians it doesn’t mean that people aren’t driven to violent acts based on the religion.

Now admittedly it’s violent psychopaths that are the problem here not Christians but do you really need to give them more reasons to kill people ?

 

redshirt: The worse video games might do is rot your brain and damage your social skills.

The evidence (I know this is something that makes Christians uncomfortable) shows that gamers are better at a large number of intellectual tasks than non gamers and also are better in social situations.

 

While I’d love to join in the discussion, last time religion came up I got banned for 3 months for say nothing more ‘controversial’ then has already been said here, so since I don’t want a perma-ban I guess I can’t comment.

 

trb,

As Plenipotentiary of the Web I cordially award you the Internet Medal of Gallantry for your prior service. Welcome back comrade.

 
NoobyMcNoobnoob

dont worry ive been playing phoenix wright so i MUST be able to be a top notch defence lawyer.

sim city- mayor
black and white – a god
god of war – sex mini game expert
gears of war – chainsaw bayonet surgeon
skyrim – vocal projectionist
ect

 

jme: Why should your religion be given a free pass to evade scrutiny unlike anything else?

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My religion should not be. No religion should be. But I’m sick of the stereotyping of religious people as being dumb, narrow minded hicks. I have, however, seen plenty of narrow-mindedness from a few people whenever religion is brought up. Anywhere. Regardless of the topic being ostensibly discussed.

 

spooler: The evidence (I know this is something that makes Christians uncomfortable) shows that gamers are better at a large number of intellectual tasks than non gamers and also are better in social situations.

I may have been thinking of very low-brow and simple games. Ie, Gears of War, CoD, certain MMORPG’s, etc. I may not have been speaking broadly. Maybe. I may be a gamer myself and regard myself as somewhat socially and mentally functional.
It would have been lovely if this discussion had focused on the stupidity of foreign politicians regarding video games, but it seems we’ve drifted into other territory now. Again. Shows a bit about people’s capacity for tolerance on the internet, I think.

 

redshirt: I may have been thinking of very low-brow and simple games. Ie, Gears of War, CoD, certain MMORPG’s, etc.

Simple as opposed to ? chess has a very simple rule-set but encourages thought. Studies have been done Cod doesn’t damage your brain, any brain damaged Cod players had the brain damage when they started.

redshirt: foreign politicians regarding video games

As opposed to local ones ?

redshirt: but it seems we’ve drifted into other territory now. Again. Shows a bit about people’s capacity for tolerance on the internet, I think.

Admittedly I have no tolerance of religion or the delusional in general on the internet. But that’s because I have no tolerance for people that believe the planet is 6000 years old, 2 of every animal climbed on a boat and this dispersed from a mountain in Asia to cover the entire planet or that a talking snake conned a rib woman into eating an apple and doomed us all.
the only people that should have imaginary friends are children.

 

spooler,

I was more or less poking fun at CoD to begin with, American politicians and lobby groups are much more vocal in their opinions regarding video games in general (on-topic for once) and your own lack of tolerance for other people’s beliefs is at the heart of what I’ve been blathering on about all this time. You don’t have to share other people’s beliefs, but in this country at least, you DO have to respect them. That’s what freedom of belief/religion is all about, and we have that in this country.

 

redshirt: I was more or less poking fun at CoD to begin with

I did pick up on the subtle “lol cod kiddies” it’s just worth pointing out it’s an inaccurate stereotype

redshirt: lack of tolerance for other people’s beliefs is at the heart of what I’ve been blathering on about all this time

I’m fine with beliefs, I really don’t give a damn what you chose to believe but if you tell me what those beliefs are I’m going to point out why they are idiotic and/or dangerous.
As for tolerance you’re right I have no tolerance for people who support an organisation of pedophiles that prevented for many years, Africans with aids using condoms to reduce the impact of HIV. Or a group of people that believe they are superior to everyone with different beliefs and that those people with different beliefs must be converted to their way of thinking or be killed.

redshirt: you DO have to respect them

“no you dammed well haven’t got to respect their opinion” -Richard Dawkins.
I will give you the love and respect that you deserve as a person but the moment you tell me what you think on a subject you open yourself up to being told just how stupid your opinion is.

Freedom of religion gives you the freedom to practice said religion it does not give you the right to go unquestioned in your beliefs especially when you use them as the banner of “I’m a …”

 

jme:
Eh a study? So long as it’s scientifically valid (i.e. fair and in context) I welcome it. …

That’s the kicker though. Depending upon the wording of the Bill, the NAS may be restricted in the scope of the study such that it’s findings could be easily misused by interest groups – something that already occurs with existing studies. Given Senator Rockefeller’s statements I’d be somewhat sceptical of complete impartiality being at play.

 

I really don’t give a damn what you chose to believe but if you tell me what those beliefs are I’m going to point out why they are idiotic and/or dangerous.

Yeah, I really didn’t get into telling you just what I believed on specific topics.

As for tolerance you’re right I have no tolerance for people who support an organisation of pedophiles.

I’m really not sure how I could have given the impression that I support such despicable people. Oh wait, “hurr, durr, I am Christian, therefore”. Really clever.

that prevented for many years, Africans with aids using condoms to reduce the impact of HIV.

You wouldn’t catch me denying access to such basic necessities, we’re not all so backwards thinking. But then again, just because some are, it obviously proves that all of us retarded religious folk are.

Or a group of people that believe they are superior to everyone with different beliefs and that those people with different beliefs must be converted to their way of thinking or be killed.

Again with the making of dangerous assumptions. Such thinking isn’t confined to religion. Consider the mindsets of leaders like Hitler and Stalin. More specifically, why they went to war, and what their philosophies were. One fascist, the other communist. Millions died because of their little tiff. Millions.

“no you dammed well haven’t got to respect their opinion” -Richard Dawkins.

The essence of freedom of belief, be it spiritual, personal, or political, is that even if you don’t share someone’s beliefs, you must at least respect their right to believe it. I find it astounding that you have spent so much time here spelling out just how much contempt you have for us people what believe in “stuff” that you don’t. Give it a rest please. I’d rather chat about games and silly yank politicians. Or our own, one can always rely on politicians being silly.

 
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