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  • retailerinthefield retailerinthefield Dec 19, 2012 12:27 PM Flag

    Toxic view of violent games gaining consensus stature/currency:


    Recall that "Adam Lanza obsessively played Call of Duty and Starcraft before he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday", per the news recap in the below.

    Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Study video-game violence
    By: Brooks Boliek--The Politico
    December 19, 2012 08:23 AM EST

    In the wake of the Newtown shootings, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller introduced a bill Tuesday night that would have the National Academy of Sciences examine any link between violent games and media and violent acts by children, industry sources say.

    According to a copy of the “discussion draft” obtained by POLITICO, the legislation directs the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to make “appropriate arrangements” with the NAS to enable the study.

    “Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it,” Rockefeller said in a statement. “They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians, and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process. I call on my colleagues to join to me in passing this important legislation quickly.”

    In particular, the draft bill wants the NAS to explore “whether current or emerging characteristics of video games have a unique impact on children, considering in particular video games’ interactive nature and the extraordinarily personal and vivid way violence might be portrayed in such video games.”

    There have been reports that Adam Lanza obsessively played Call of Duty and Starcraft before he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

    Other “violent programming” is also targeted in the legislation, which aims to find out if the programming “causes children to act aggressively or causes other measurable cognitive harm to children.”

    Rockefeller said he will call on the FTC and FCC to expand their work on video game regulation. “The FTC has reviewed the effectiveness of the video game ratings system. The FCC has looked at the impact of violent programming on children. Changes in technology now allow kids to access violent content on-line with less parental involvement,” he said. “It is time for these two agencies to take a fresh look at these issues.”

    The lawmaker also pointed out that responsibility rests with the entertainment industry. “Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children. They have a responsibility to protect our children,” he said. “If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role.”

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

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    • It's funny how those comments (Rockefeller's) are always made by old geezers who have never played a videogame once in their life.
      If all videogame players would have become serial shooters, we'd all be dead by now.
      Rockefeller is no longer in touch with the real world and the society, and should retire asap.

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • "There have been reports that Adam Lanza obsessively played Call of Duty and Starcraft before he went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday."

      The issue here is one of poor parenting. In addition to his mental health he lacked direction and guidance. Where was his father? Brother? The shooter's issues went far beyond Call of Duty.

    • Pure rubbish. The kid was a chemically imbalanced "20 YR OLD", whose mother would take him shooting with semi-auto assault rifles even though she quit work to take care of him and was going to have him committed. Sounds like a parenting issue.

      This is probably a push from the NRA to get the attention away from the gun issue. We should see what politicians (besides ones in CT who should investigate everything) are making a stink and see how the NRA rates them as "good soldier politicians" and if any donations were made to their campaign.

      Its time for the Video Games Companies to make up a fake Special Interest Group like the NRA and pay off politicians to turn the other way. This stock is a buy.

      Sentiment: Buy

    • LOL! He's that desperate for attention and re-election eh? GTAV 45k pre-sale copies a week and just getting warmed up!! YeEEEEEEHHHAAAW!!!!!!!!!!

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

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      • This Rockefellar guy acts like he already knows the outcome of this NAS study even though there is no statistical evidece in existence that points to a link between violent video games and violent actions....I think he is the one who doesn't get it and second the opinion that this is just to deflect attention away from the NRA....

        Is a stretch that retailers would pull games off the shelves and there is no way in Hell that Gamestop will do that.....

        Kids have a vested interest in recycling and environmental issues as they know that they have to live on this planet and that is completely different from a kid not wanting to play his favorite videogame because some deranged kid across the country lost his stop playing these games would be an admission that yea, I'm crazy too and I might also be a nut......nobody is going to say that.

        I think we sink a little more but not below $11, then back up into 2013

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

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