California, despite being a hotbed of game developers, seems hellbent on alienating those large studios inside the state. From the SCOTUS case Schwarzenegger vs. EMA, to Senator Lee, and now a repeat attempt by Sen. Joe Baca to add warning labels to games.
According to IndustryGamers, this is Baca’s second attempt at adding warning labels to video games, as the first attempt in 2009 died in the House. While the exact text of the bill isn’t available yet, it’s fairly safe to assume that it’s pretty similar to the 2009 version. In that version, the warning would read:
WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.
Because clearly–there is no evidence to the contrary, or that enough of the studies conducted to attempt to link games and violent behavior have shown at best, a correlation, not casual , relationship between the two. I know every new media has to have it’s day as the bane and inevitable cause of the downfall of society, but gaming is going on what, 10 years of oppressive attempts. California, go find something more beneficial to do than waste tax payer money on pointless legislation. Personally, I’m getting pretty annoyed with all the conjecture, intentional manipulation of the facts (and omission), purposefully misrepresenting outcomes to push through legislation for no reason other than some antiquate ideal from the 1940s that anything the breaks even minutely from the status quo or makes you slightly uncomfortable must be destroyed.
Via IndustryGamers: U.S. Representative Brings Back Game Warning Labels