Games May Get Warning Labels Like Cigarettes

By Matthew Jay

February 1, 2011

GamePolitics reports that Congressman Joe Baca introduced a bill that if passed will mandate all games with an ESRB rating of T or higher will have a health warning label on them like a pack of cigarettes. The bill is called the “The Video Game Health Labeling Act of 2011”

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

The congressman has this to say about the bill:

“The video game industry has a responsibility to parents, families, and to consumers – to inform them of the potentially damaging content that is often found in their products. They have repeatedly failed to live up to this responsibility. Meanwhile research continues to show a proven link between playing violent games and increased aggression in young people. American families deserve to know the truth about these potentially dangerous products.”

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t all ESRB rated games already have a label on them? Don’t they have the ESRB LABEL!? This is just what the medium needs, more ways to terrify parents. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. I mean, sure, some kids don’t need to be playing some games.

It will also make cases even uglier than they are now. Remember when a game box was covered in screenshots and info about the game? Now you’re lucky if less than half the thing is covered in legal bullsh*t.

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Matthew Jay

Contributing writer for DualShockers, Matthew Jay is a comedy writer involved with the Philadelphia comedy scene. When he's not on stage trying to convince a room full of strangers to like him in under 3 minutes he likes to play and write about video games. Especially weird ones.

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