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Warning Labels May Be Added To Violent Video Games

February 27, 2013

Video games are more realistic than ever. It seems like so long ago when you had to blow the dust from the inside of the Mario, Duck Hunter two in one game for the original Nintendo.

Now it is HD televisions, head sets, gaming chairs and the ability to play against opponents online from across the world that are popular.

It’s no longer about video games like Pac Man and Donkey Kong. It’s turned into people pre-ordering and sleeping outside in anticipation for games like Modern Warfare and Call Of Duty Black Ops.

In recent years violent crimes in the United States have happened more frequently and been more deadly than years previously. Because of the increasing statistics the Obama Administration has pledged to further “study the link between video games and violent behavior.”

State legislatures have brainstormed ideas of ways to make purchasing certain video games harder for the public, while nationally they have been brainstorming ideas of their own.

On the national level, Rep. Jim Matheson is proposing a new bill. The bill would prohibit selling or renting adult-rated video games to minors.

But, the second part of that bill would be to have the video game industry and the label industry team up.

The bill also calls for new warning labels to be placed on video games. The warning label would say, “Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

This new placement of warning labels is comparable to the warning labels placed on tobacco products. It’s another step to inform customers about what the product in the casing may do to their well-being.

Do you read warning labels? Have you ever second-guessed purchasing a product because of the warning label? Share your thoughts and experiences on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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