I had a long response typed out, but I deleted it in favor of this. Fuck Leland Yee. Fuck him right in his stupid ass.
"Unlike Saturday morning cartoons, these video games expose kids to behavior that is not acceptable in reality."
Jesus wept, has this dude never seen a Looney Toons cartoon or an episode of Tom and Jerry? The state actively funds the killing of the nation's enemies, such as in CoD or, say, Alpha Protocol- it does not fund the smashing of ducks with hilariously oversized mallets nor the dropping of 16 ton weights on cats.
If anything the complete opposite of what this man has said is true. War is acceptable in reality - blowing up coyotes with 500lbs of dynamite... not so much.
When did Democrats become such sticks-in-the-mud? Between Yee and Vice President Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, anti-net neutrality, anti-file sharing, anti-encryption technology, pro-government spying on citizens without due process stances, you'd think electronic freedom was a scourge worse than unemployment, unaffordable health care, an inferior public education system and the deteriorating national infrastructure. Whatever happened to free love democrats?
Man, they keep going on about the harmful effect on children but decades of research do not support this, but these prudish idiots just refuse to acknowledge the evideonce. That aside, what about the positive effects? Thanks to games like Rome total war and Civ I know alot more about history and geography than I ever learned in school. On a par with alcohol and cigarettes...give me a fucking break.
That's right, take credit for an entire industry rigidly adhering to a voluntary rating system. This is just so much posturing, trying to save face in the light of obvious failure. Unfortunately, comments like that are going to make people say "See! We are making things better!", when it's the industry, not the detractors, who are doing all the real work. Ah well, no use arguing with people who refuse to listen. I somehow doubt you could change this mains mind with irrefutable proof, he'd just plug his ears and go "la-la-la-la-la".
It's kind of funny how the onset of increasingly violent video games since the early 90s has actually been accompanied by a constant and significant decrease in violent crimes. Not to say these variables are directly related, but just sayin...it's kind of funny...Leland.
I love when people try to increase regulation in an attempt to replace parental negligence. If you don't think you can teach your children the difference between reality and fiction, just don't let them consume violent material. Even if you have a pretty good grasp on teaching respect, I still think a parent should still limit the consumption of violent media based on a child's age and maturity. Though, it is not a few parents' duties nor their right to enforce a law upon everyone else based on their incompetence or choice of parenting style.
I don't think this law would negatively affect parenting nor would it really violate First Amendment Rights, since parents would still be able to buy the games for their children, if they are okay with them playing such games (which they already have the right to decide). My qualms are based on the informal limitations that these regulations would put on developers/publishers, which would ultimately limit the creative freedom in the entire industry. This limitation just because a few self-righteous lazy parents were whiny enough.
Been playing video games of all sorts all my life and have yet to go on a bloody rampage. I get urges of course and recently imagined a lengthy campaign of terror culminating in the brutal torture and murder of a member of the Torfaen licensing department. But I did not. That's because I know what's real and what is not, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Making a grotesque fat swine eat his own testicles then beating him to death with his severed foot would be wrong (no matter how justified) And the simple fact that's a shit load of dead body to dispose of...
I bet soon some dick in the UK is going to start up this sort of campaign.
The joke will be on him or her though... our youth is already fucked. Hah