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Congressman Wants Health Warnings On Video Games

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the nanny-state dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "California Rep. Joe Baca has proposed a bill which would mandate placing health warning labels on any video game rated T (13+) or higher by the ESRB. The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2009 would require a cigarette pack-like label that reads, 'WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.'"

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face. palm. (4, Insightful)

macsox (236590) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424689)

Just when I thought maybe elected officials could earn some modicum of respect. Well done, Joe.

Re:face. palm. (4, Funny)

slugtastic (1437569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424721)

Just when I thought maybe elected officials could earn some modicum of respect.

But did you really think about that? Sorry, I'm not convinced.

Re:face. palm. (2, Insightful)

couchslug (175151) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424901)

The anti-gunners honed this strategy years ago. Remember how stupid it looks when your elected officials try to use it elsewhere/everywhere.

Warning Labels for Congressmen (5, Funny)

trolltalk.com (1108067) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425043)

I want warning labels for politicians.

Labels could include:

  1. "Remember - I lied to you the last time you voted for me."
  2. "Warning: Politicians serve their biggest contributors first."
  3. "Politicians - their #1 priority is sincerity - once they can fake that ..."
  4. "#1 sign that a politician is lying - their lips are moving."
  5. "Warning: If you think your choices suck, then it is YOUR responsibility to do something about it."
  6. How does a religious leader say "Fuck you"? - "God bless you!" How does a politician say "Fuck you"? "My fellow Americans ..."

And for the bonus round:

Q: What do you call 1,000 politicians buried up to their necks in sand?
A: Not enough sand.

Re:Warning: Power Corrupts (5, Insightful)

billstewart (78916) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425111)

Warning: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Warning: Power attracts the corruptable.

That's a funny joke. Here's another (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425143)

Q. What do you call 1,000 niggers buried up to their necks in sand?
A. Afro-turf!

captcha: tribune

Re:Warning Labels for Congressmen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425431)

I totally agree. We need labels for all of our stupid asshole idiot members of government who've majorly eaten one and gotten away scott-free.

I don't buy a frigging video game to be warned of health problems or mental issues resulting from its use. I buy and play video games to achieve those things. Jesus...its like I'm the one taking crazy pills.

Re:face. palm. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425441)

I say let them do it.

They did it with music (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_Advisory) and the sales sky rocketed.

"This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence"

Re:face. palm. (2, Interesting)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425443)

Just when I thought maybe elected officials could earn some modicum of respect. Well done, Joe.

I don't really care how they make the package look so long as they still let me buy it. Thats my concern. I don't think its quite a slippery-slope argument to say that this type of action may lead to bans or restrictions in the future. And that would suck... I like my freedom.

Natalie Portman (-1, Troll)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424709)

Yeah, and I want Natalie Portman to give me a mind-blowingly awesome blow job. We're both going to be disappointed.

Me and Natalie I mean. I've no idea if this Bill will succeed.

Re:Natalie Portman (1)

onecheapgeek (964280) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425661)

Somehow I doubt Natalie will be disappointed at all...

Label the kids? (5, Insightful)

retech (1228598) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424715)

Warning: Poor parenting leads to disaffected members of society.

Re:Label the kids? (5, Funny)

Mystery00 (1100379) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424751)

That later go on to become officials.

Re:Label the kids? (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424867)

Warning: people in office dumber than they appear.

Re:Label the kids? (2, Insightful)

wahsapa (767922) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424919)

or better when you pop out of the womb "WARNING This life may witness violence"

how about a warning on lunix? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26424719)

May cause AIDS, you fucking homo!!!

Hmm... (5, Insightful)

zwekiel (1445761) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424723)

That warning might make sense, if if it were true that video games actually caused aggressive behaviour. As it stands, there has been no conclusive proof that video games actually do cause aggressive behaviour, and thus this label is actually just a deceptive, nanny state tactic.

Re:Hmm... (4, Insightful)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424799)

Playstation Home has worse content/comments (thanks to the human players) then some GTA stories. Yeah, the ESRB can say "online experience may change", but case in point - its not rated T, yet contains bad content. Just proof that the labels, censorship, and this BS bill really can't stop every little thing kids get exposed to, but come on - can you really expect kids to not be drawn to something so censored from their lives? Hell I know I did everything I could to find a playboy back in the day...

Re:Hmm... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425591)

Hell I know I did everything I could to find a playboy back in the day...

I know I did everything I could to find a girl.

Re:Hmm... (1)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425649)

Not during the 5th grade I bet. Besides, this is /..

Re:Hmm... (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424923)

It's more insidious then that.

Once the premise has been accepted through actions like this, the lawsuits will start flying to cash in on our âoejackpot justiceâ system. What do you bet heâ(TM)s a former attorney helping his buddies out through this intellectual Trojan horse?

"and other media" (2, Interesting)

svnt (697929) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424927)

http://www.apa.org/releases/resolutiononvideoviolence.pdf

I especially like the part where R-rated movies were included in the bill based on the conclusions of similar dubious studies. Oh, wait, they weren't. Wonder why that is?

Re:Hmm... (5, Informative)

bobdehnhardt (18286) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425081)

I think that's the crux of the matter. The comparison the cigarette labels is misleading. In that case, there has been an incontrovertible link between smoking and various diseases - even the tobacco industry now admits this. The link between violent video games and violent behavior is far more tenuous, supported somewhat by some anecdotal evidence, and strongly disputed by many behavioral scientists. I've got no problem with the label per se, IF it's accurate.

Re:Hmm... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Brave Guy (457657) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425397)

It's also not as if putting labels on cigarette packets saying "smoking this is going to harm your health" encourages people to start smoking. Kids, on the other hand, are pretty much guaranteed to want products with "no, kids, it's not for you" on the label a lot more than if the label were blank. The "Parental advisory: explicit lyrics" sticker on UK CDs is pretty much a standard marketing tool for the record labels, and has been since about three seconds after some fool invented it.

Re:Hmm... (2)

opposabledumbs (1434215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425711)

It was Tipper Gore who invented that little label, and it was invented for political gain - and from this article and the behaviour of other politicians in the recent past, seems like it always will be a tool for easy political gain. I totally agree that it's just a marketing tool: it's even been slapped onto wholly instrumental albums.

I'm a teacher, I also see what really does affect children and make them behave in certain ways, and for kids without behavioural problems like Aspergers or autism etc I believe it's 90-99% related to their home life and environment and the ways in which their parents behave and interact with the family. Kids playing a game still know that it's a game, and that behaviour which is sanctioned in the game is not necessarily sanctioned in the real world. Kids know this because they have been role playing games since long before TV was invented, let alone vid/comp games.

I don't think 6-year-old should be playing GTA or anything, but I don't think it's going to make them violent (or bad drivers, or unethical prostitutional punters, for that matter) and until that link is proven its at least disingenuous and at most dangerously misleading to put this warning onto games.

Re:Hmm... (1)

Chabo (880571) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425191)

I prefer Yahtzee's wording:

Controversy and the games industry go hand-in hand like Ico and Yorda, if you'll forgive the incredibly nerdy analogy. And like Yorda, the controversy tends to stay focused for an average of about eight nanoseconds before getting bored and drifting off to do something else. But when it does get focused it can get very exasperating, such as when youthful paragons of self-control are called nasty names and decide that murder would be the wittiest comeback, and then is found to have stood next to a videogame sometime in the past. Then the media generally start drooling the usual uninformed questions as to whether wholesome, boyish pretend violence has any correlation with the real world. Short answer: No. Long answer: No, and go fuck yourselves, you ignorant, scaremongering cockbags. [Text in review: No, and I consider your argument misinformed.]

Source [escapistmagazine.com] -- Transcription [wikiquote.org]

Re:Hmm... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425265)

Do you think smoking causes cancer in humans? If not, fine.

If so, please link to a randomized, placebo-control study showing such.

If you still think smoking causes cancer, why?

Re:Hmm... (1)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425707)

That warning might make sense, if if it were true that video games actually caused aggressive behaviour. As it stands, there has been no conclusive proof that video games actually do cause aggressive behaviour, and thus this label is actually just a deceptive, nanny state tactic.

Oh, don't worry, there are plenty of other ways to do it. Video games can often lead to cannabis use, and despite the results of thorough research, everyone knows cannabis is da debbil and destroys lives and homes!

No (5, Informative)

fiercedeity (1429639) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424727)

"Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior" Except that it hasn't been.

Re:No (3, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424841)

"Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior" Except that it hasn't been.

There have been some studies that have found linkages (the warning doesn't claim causality, it merely implies it), and others that haven't.

An even bigger problem is that a game can be rated T or higher (even as high as AO) without any violent content, so even assuming that a direct, substantial causal linkage was established between violent video games and aggressive behavior, the proposal -- to require the warning on all T or higher rated games -- would still be nonsense.

Re:No (4, Insightful)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424849)

"WARNING: Excessive exposure to Congress and other politicians has been linked to all types of ill shit, including but not limited to: sexual harassment, infidelity, wanton abuse of taxpayers' money, and just being an all-around douche."

Well, it has... (1)

minsk (805035) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424857)

Politicians and related busy-bodies regularly and repeatedly link video games and media to aggressive behavior.

Science and reality don't seem to agree, but who cares about them?

Re:No (1)

KiwiRed (598427) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424861)

Sure it has. By the media who want to warn you about it.

Re:No (4, Funny)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424935)

"Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior" Except that it hasn't been.

Well, we'll just have to put a disclaimer on the disclaimer

"Warning: the above warning is somewhere between misleading and complete bullshit."

Citation needed (3, Interesting)

WCguru42 (1268530) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424729)

I haven't followed the research enough so I could be completely wrong but isn't the reason why cigarettes can have the Surgeon General's health warning on them because the statement has been clinically proven. Has there been any consensus on video game violence and violence in teens.

Except this is exactly wrong... (5, Informative)

DocJohn (81319) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424735)

Psychologists have shown that, in fact, there is virtually no connection between playing violent video games and increased violence, so the Congressman from California has it exactly wrong:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/05/17/the-link-between-video-games-and-violence/ [psychcentral.com]

I'm all for research supporting reasoned legislation, but in this case, it is ignorance and misconceptions supporting "feel good" government nannies.

--
Yes, the answer is no.

Kids were violent before they played the game (4, Informative)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424845)

Thanks for the link. From your article:

Surprise, surprise! People who may already exhibit signs of anger or aggression may be drawn to such games. The games don't cause the anger or aggression. Such people may also be at greater risk for showing increased anger or aggression.

That's from a psychologist. Why can't the lawmakers figure it out?

Re:Kids were violent before they played the game (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425173)

I find it interesting that they are willing to make This is offtopic, but it's interesting that they're willing to go into the which-caused-which with this, but not with things like depression, tempers, etc. (e.g., chemical imbalance came first or something else?)

More on topic, it's odd that we randomly believe a psychologist, where's the [citation needed] sign :) They didn't answer the question what cuased anger/aggression, all they did was say "It's not video games." I'd also like to mention that not only is this just a blog, but the study that he cites before giving his conclusion doesn't support his conclusion, it is a neutral "we cannot say" statement.

Re:Kids were violent before they played the game (1)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425245)

psychologist > politician

Both may make statements for political reasons, but the former has qualifications, while the latter has none.

Re:Except this is exactly wrong... (1)

liquidpele (663430) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424909)

Indeed. Even if there was some kind of correlation, I would be more inclined to believe that already aggressive kids were drawn to violent video games, not that the games bread aggressive kids. Although I do worry about the realism in a lot of games these days... killing very realistic people in a game would have a much different effect on a kid than jumping on a mushroom, but I guess we're getting into parental guidance there.

Re:Except this is exactly wrong... (1)

aztektum (170569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425415)

Thanks, I e-mailed that link to my state's senators with my opposition

A better warning (0)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424741)

Perhaps the sentence "Warning: causation does not mean correlation" should be written into some congressmens' heads

Oops! (2, Funny)

mangu (126918) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424783)

Correlation does not mean causation. I guess I've been playing too many video games

Re:Oops! (1)

slugtastic (1437569) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424929)

Are you hinting that FSM [wikimedia.org] is a lie? Say it ain't so!

Re:Oops! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425089)

Noodle, Meatball, and the Holy Parmesan. Amen.

Sure (1)

acehole (174372) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424753)

You can have a warning on video games but as a trade off all political sites and offices must have a huge sign erected out front with "WARNING: Dangerous amounts of stupid inside."

Yeah? Well... (4, Insightful)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424759)

I'm lobbying to get a mandatory message printed on all cell phones, that reads: "WARNING: cell phone usage has been linked to the collapse of honeybee populations".

Re:Yeah? Well... (1)

Jabbrwokk (1015725) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424931)

Could you make it so it displays for a full two minutes on my cell phone display, locking out all other functions, every time I turn it on? That would be awesome!

Maybe that's what they can do with this game warning, every time you start the game you're forced to watch the publisher logo, the developer logo, the ATI/nVidia logo, the design studio logo, two previews for titles "coming soon!" and then this warning! It would be just like going to the movies!

Re:Yeah? Well... (1)

Faylone (880739) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425065)

Maybe then games would get taken seriously as art?

Re:Yeah? Well... (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424963)

At the very least, you should get the warning they're talking about here applied to cell phones

"warning: talking on the phone about inane stuff no one wants to hear about while in a resturaunt, bus, train, airplane on the ground, elevator, or any public place will soon be linked to violence against you."

In other health news (3, Funny)

Killer Orca (1373645) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424763)

The American Medical Association urged the FDA to tattoo a warning label on the forehead of all elected federal officials that states 'Listening to this individuals' logic has been linked to violent and aggressive behavior towards others.'

Kinda makes me wonder (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424769)

Kinda makes me wonder how bullshit the warnings on cigarettes are.

Re:Kinda makes me wonder (1)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424879)

Kinda makes me wonder how bullshit the warnings on cigarettes are.

Interesting that (in Canada) the government enforces cigarette companies to have pictures of diseased lungs, etc on their packaging, and yet the alcohol companies are not required to have pictures of diseased livers; which demonstrates the fact that these propaganda campaigns are politically biased.

Re:Kinda makes me wonder (2, Funny)

Kreigaffe (765218) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425213)

Drop the diseased liver. If you want to discourage drinking (and you shouldn't; nor smoking. people know they're bad, and these warnings and gross pictures are nothing but a waste of time) -- put pictures of the direct result of drinking on the bottle.

that's right.

fat chicks. in YOUR bed.

that'll stop ya.

Re:Kinda makes me wonder (1)

BorgAssimilator (1167391) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425185)

Kinda makes me wonder how bullshit the warnings on cigarettes are.

But at least those warnings have scientific proof behind them, even if they did get there by some corrupt political agenda. There's no scientific basis behind this at all.

Re:Kinda makes me wonder (1)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425341)

Says who? I don't know about the warning labels on cigarettes in your country, but here, in Australia, we have warnings that link smoking to gangrene and blindness. I'd say almost 80% of everyone I know smokes or quit smoking in the last 10 years. None of them have ever had anything remotely exotic as gangrene and none of them have gone blind. It's just fucking absurd to demand warnings for things that are so unlikely. Sure, maybe it's possible but so is a whole lot of other statistically irrelevant bullshit. People die from water overdoses. It's just scare tactics by a bunch of busybodies.

Warning labels (4, Insightful)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424775)

WARNING: Excessive exposure to warning labels and messages may make you less likely to pay attention to them, and prevent use of brain from exercising common sense and personal responsibility.

Free Stickers On Demand! (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424777)

**/sarcasm
I say they should just go for it. Everybody knows the best way to keep young people away from something is to have a label on it telling them it's risky or otherwise uncouth. It worked soooo well for the music industry in the 80's. Totally showed those hair-metal bands who was boss.

dear parents (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424797)

It isn't the government's job to raise your kids for you, nor is it their job to babysit them later in life. Furthermore, it would be grossly inaccurate to say that higher exposure to violent games leads to or somehow causes violent behavior.
The government needs to go back to preventing one individual from harming another individual rather than being the morality/hand-holding police.

Dear wizardforce (2, Insightful)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424995)

Parents by and large realize the government is not going to raise their children. They would like you to stop blaming the entire parent population for the political aspirations of a small minority of self-righteous idiots.

Dear philspear (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425561)

I don't blame all parents, I blame the ones who voted for and continue to support this "small minority" that keeps attempting to shove its values down everyone else's throat. It's to the point where those parents are no longer bearing any responsibility for the raising of their children and attempt to shift responsibility to others; politicians take advantage of this. "See look at me I'm protecting the childrrrren..." and everyone else has to deal with that nonsense.

Good idea if used for other things unpleasant (3, Funny)

unlametheweak (1102159) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424801)

If they insist that such warnings be placed on the entrances to religious institutions (like churches, mosques and synagogues) then I might think this idea is more than just political gainsaying.

Just as long as in return.. (1)

SirFozzie (442268) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424811)

as we can affix a sticker to said State Representative's head that says "WARNING:Excessive exposure to politics has been linked to corruption and susceptibility to Moral Panics." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_panic/ [wikipedia.org]

this is stupid (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424823)

This is like those cans of oxygen (for welding) my friend found at Home Depot that read WARNING: This product is known to cause cancer in the State of California.

How about this: We affix a label to all political offices that say "WARNING: There is no proven link between intelligence and holding public office. Political Science is really only a theory and should be judged critically and with consideration to other theories."

Re:this is stupid (1)

Deltaspectre (796409) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425709)

Dang, good thing I don't live in California! /me wonders what special reaction to oxygen Californians have

Joe's brother (4, Funny)

I cant believe its n (1103137) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424837)

Congressman Joe Baca's brother Chew [google.se] is known to be quite agressive.

Re:Joe's brother (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425679)

Just great... so we can look forward to Congresscritter Baca using the Chewbacca Defense [urbandictionary.com] to justify this bill? It seems oddly appropriate!

Warning? (4, Funny)

duguk (589689) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424887)

WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior

Citation needed.

Re:Warning? (2, Funny)

VisceralLogic (911294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425573)

And here I thought the warning was going to be that excessive exposure to violent video games would make you morbidly obese...

Why not? (2, Insightful)

porkface (562081) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424911)

Let California stack up a bunch of feel-good legislation like this, so the rest of us can point to them as an example of a failed nanny state.

Anyone suggesting this in the face of a $44 billion budget deficit should be run out of town.

How about a few more warning labels? (3, Insightful)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424921)

"Joining the military may be hazardous to your health."

"Progress is the opposite of Congress."

"Paying your taxes subsidizes stupidity."

"Voting is an endorsement of the status quo."

Poster Wants Bullshit Warnings on Politicians (0, Redundant)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424957)

.

WARNING[citation needed] (1)

Doug52392 (1094585) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424965)

What a wonderful idea you have there, Congressman! Let's have the warning read:

"WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior."[citation needed]

So... planning on citing a source on the warning label, or are you just going to blatantly declare that a massive medical or psychological study, conducted by a prestigious, well-known scientific organization, reached the peer-accepted consensus that "Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior." exists?

Protip for Washington: Such a medical study does NOT exist. Ever. NO STUDY HAS EVER FOUND A CONCLUSIVE LINK BETWEEN VIOLENT MEDIA AND AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR.

I wonder how the shoe would feel on the other foot (a similar bill, targeted at the movie industry?)

It's true. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26424977)

I'm writing this from jail after being arrested for a shooting rampage in an office, a warehouse and two desert cities.

Re:It's true. (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425051)

Oh, you have to pick a fight with Vato in the exercise yard. It's kind of a tough battle, so you might want to get the shiv by completing Big Bertha's fetch quests (cigarettes, toilet paper, and 3 virgin asses).

After you beat Vato and the guards take him to the hospital, some members of Los Locos approach you. They were planning a breakout that night, and you're gonna have to fill Vato's role. Once you break out, you're on to level 3.

If you decline, you're treated to Los Locos kicking your ass, your face, and finally, your balls into outer space.

Re:It's true. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425595)

ok, you have no idea what game I'm talking about do you...

Please label everything in existence (1)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 5 years ago | (#26424991)

Sure, put warning on whatever you want. The people who smoke ignore those warnings. The people who play video games continue to do so. And everybody's happy in the end. Put a warning on me: Too Sexy. Ladies watch out! (Where's that come from?!)

Baka = stupid (4, Funny)

jx100 (453615) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425041)

How fitting that his name means "stupid" in Japanese...

Re:Baka = stupid (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425071)

It would be fitting if his name meant "stupid" in English.

Re:Baka = stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425183)

I think that he's working on making it a synonym. Doing a damned good job of that from the looks of things...

If this succeeds... (4, Funny)

MiKM (752717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425061)

If Congress passes this, I am buying a roll of stickers saying "[citation needed]" and visiting local video game stores.

Appropriate (4, Informative)

Dice (109560) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425119)

Joe Baca

The word "Baka" (romanization) in Japanese means "Idiot".

And other violent media (4, Insightful)

Scorchio (177053) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425151)

...and other violent media...

Yep, so you go ahead and try to get the same message printed on all movies, too, and we'll see just how long you're representing California.

Re:And other violent media (1)

caladine (1290184) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425383)

You're forgetting something: he represents California. They're into the "nanny-state" there. Just how many labels are forced on all kinds of products because something about that product is "known to the State of California"?

Mike Krahulik (1)

TrekkieTechie (1265532) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425291)

of Penny Arcade said it best:

"It's the same argument that we have whenever they -- when some kid goes nuts, right, and shoots up his school, and they find the video game, right? 'Oh, he had Doom on his computer.' Well of course he had Doom on his computer! He was a violent fuck. Violent people like video games. I don't think one leads to the other."

Where is the correlation!=causation tag?

Not tha weird... For CA (2, Informative)

Parris (1340575) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425293)

This isn't really that weird for CA, they put warning labels on everything. You can find a "Warning [whatever we're labeling] is known to the state of California to cause [some really random condition]." Parking lots, food at the grocery store, beach water, you name it, CA slaps a warning label on it.

A new health warning (1)

shareme (897587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425317)

A new Health warning: Warning! Congressional acts can cause the following: -Loosing money -loosing sense -loss of common sense -loss of health benefits -loss of house -higher health risks due to big business pollution -loss of sons or daughters life due to congress enabling war in which they will not fight in

PTSD (1)

Onymous Coward (97719) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425325)

The real concern over video games, FPSs specifically, is chronic stimulation of fright/flight/fight response.

Play the adrenalin- and cortisol-response producing games long enough and you'll be at much higher risk of associated problems.

If you think you might have such problems, do some research on stress as it relates to hyperglycemia.

In California? (1)

FrostDust (1009075) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425375)

Ever notice that all these superfulous warning messages always append "...in the state of California"? I'm starting to think it's not the products that are the issue here. Clearly, we just need to stop allowing Californians to buy anything more dangerous than an unbleached paper towel roll.

Baka? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425381)

This guy's name is too perfect, it sounds like "Joe Baka" ("ããfãf¼é¦é"), or even "Chou Baka" ("è...é¦é"). (Admittedly I'm reaching with that last one)

Smoking kills! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26425385)

Despite all the pictures on tobacco packets people still smoke [google.com] .

Also Wikipedia, the free "citation needed" encyclopedia has disclaimers [wikipedia.org] but no-body reads them, but people rely on Wikipedia everyday. Most games already have disclaimers on their splash screens anyway.

A direct example, We troll slashdot as a troll as AC but Slashdot dosen't have a health warning saying "warning, reading slashdot may cause you to visit websites of a guy stretching his ass (you know who he is).

There should be warning labels! (1)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425481)

And they should read:
Warning: Playing this game may turn you into a fat, socially introverted nerd. Side-effects may include cheeto-fingers, Mt Dew-insomnia, and acne from lack of bathing. Pro-longed exposure may result in heart disease or starvation from being too lazy to make a sandwich.

I've seen a few WoW players with the early warning signs and let me tell you, it's not pretty. You're much better off binging on cigarettes and alchohol; at least then you'll be cool.

As a huge democrat I'm ashamed (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425505)

I have been a huge Dem since I was able to vote. Yes I honostly belive that they are the pro-speech party. However I am ashamed that my party seems to be in many ways leading the anti-videogame charge. From the Gore's to Mrs. Clinton somehow many democrats think that they need to regulate games. This is wrong and shamefull. I am somewhat comforted that good 'ol Jack is a raving rightwinger, but it doesn't excuse the party of change. Come on dems, do the right thing!

video game violence (2, Interesting)

KrayzieKyd (906704) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425507)

I just wrote an exhaustive essay on the so-called effects of video game violence. I'm really looking forward to any feedback you may have about it. For the record, I'm on the side of video games. http://www.digital-us.org/video-games/2008/11/27/violent-video-games.html [digital-us.org]

Here's a better idea (2, Insightful)

Notabadguy (961343) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425551)

I'd like to see a warning label affixed to every ballot that says: "WARNING: Electing politicians has been linked to recession, higher taxes, and war."

Has Rep. Baca ever even met a young boy? (1)

jeko (179919) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425579)

Putting a label "WARNING: This game will turn you into a psychotic killing machine" on any game, even "Hello Kitty Knits with her Friends," would instantly make it the highest grossing game of all time.

Seriously, is Representative Baca paying off political donations from the games industry?

Yes it has been linked to agressive behavior (1)

seeker_1us (1203072) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425605)

WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.

Exactly true.

In just the same way that Sadaam Hussein was linked to 9/11 and Weapons of Mass Destruction, necessitating the preemptive invasion if Iraq.

If a politician or group has a hidden agenda, and wants to make it happen, he will find the research to support it and ignore the rest.

Other mandatory warning lables (3, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425619)

"WARNING: Excessive exposure to news coverage of the war in Iraq may lead to aggressive behavior!"

"WARNING: Excessive exposure to politician's speeches may lead to nausea and vomiting!"

And of course the ever popular "WARNING: Excessive exposure to XXX DVD's may cause carpal tunnel and other Repetitive Stress Injuries!"

A multitude of studies have linked cigarettes and lung cancer -- how many valid scientific studies have proven a causal relationship between video games and violence?

Warning! (1)

DeadPixels (1391907) | more than 5 years ago | (#26425719)

In an extensive series of studies, it has been conclusively demonstrated that all living organisms that breathe die! Scientists caution against breathing until a safer method is discovered.
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