Politicians have been targeting video games ever since the Newtown shooting catastrophe. They want studies, they want taxes, they want new laws.
All of this without ever acknowledging that violent games or any games with mature content aren't designed for children but you know, whatever. Anyway, the ECA (Entertainment Consumers Association) says they're "headed to Capitol Hill" to meet with legislative peeps in order to discuss the aforementioned issues.
And in the email they sent over, they wanted us to be aware of the facts, which they will attempt to prove in front of those in charge:
— While video game sales have more than doubled in the last decade, violent crime has decreased.
— Countries who consume more video games than the United States don’t see the same level of gun violence.
— The FTC has recognized the current video game labeling system as the best enforced out of all those in entertainment.
— The Supreme Court has defended video games as First Amendment protected media.
So they'll be fighting the good fight from their end, but they want you to do your part, too. If you haven't already, write to Obama and the legislators and tell them why you disagree with their plans. And then write to your state representative and tell them that violent video games don't cause real-world violence.
To be perfectly honest, I'm somewhat uncomfortable about doing that. I am not convinced that violent media experienced by children (not adults) doesn't at least contribute to aggression, and I also have no problem making the ESRB ratings legally binding. They should've been in the first place. Such a move might not make a huge difference but I don't see how it could hurt. Just my two cents on the matter.