Activision Blizzard hires lobbying firm as violent game bill brews

Call of Duty and Warcraft publisher taps Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to represent its interests relating to Violent Content Research Act of 2013.

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Megapublisher Activision Blizzard, behind billion-dollar franchises like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, has hired a lobbying firm to represent its interests on a Senate bill that seeks to order research into the links between violent video games and violent behavior.

As reported by the Washington Post, Activision Blizzard has brought on Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to advocate for the company's interests, according to recently filed lobbying records.

The records do not show what position Activision Blizzard is taking on the bill. A representative from the publisher was not immediately available to comment.

The bill, S.134: The Violent Content Research Act of 2013, was introduced in its present form in January by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) following the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were killed by a reportedly "deranged gamer."

It has drawn bipartisan support, with cosponsors including Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Dean Heller (R-NV), but has not been universally praised. The Entertainment Consumers Association launched a campaign against the bill last month.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation recommended the bill be sent to the floor of the Senate to be voted on at the end of July, though no vote has been taken yet.

In January, president Barack Obama ordered more research to be done to investigate the relationship between video games and real-world violence.

Discussion

391 comments
coorta
coorta

There have been wars fought throughout history, yet games are to blame for violent behavior? Yeah...ok......that makes perfect sense.....

Taffy872
Taffy872

"20 children and six adults were killed by a reportedly 'deranged gamer'."

He was not a deranged gamer, that whole scoresheet/spreadsheet thing is completely BS. Also, say he was a deranged golfer. Does this mean we remove everything golf that exists.

xtremeflem2day
xtremeflem2day

In a country where the police book you for drinking at the age of 20, but drugging up children with anti depressants is perfectly acceptable, there's going to be confusion and bad mental health. Add guns to the mix and BAM! theres hell to pay, and everybody is pointing fingers and everybody else.

questersson
questersson

What utter nonsince, Though it's true that today's Game Offerings are a bit more violent, than Ping-Pong, Today's games are tame, when compaired to the Real World News we get in our daily news papers & TV Programs!

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

The society is sinking under it's own rules.

HellbentPH
HellbentPH

Hey Activision, when your birthing your next generic COD shooter, make a scene where someone goes into the House of Representatives and shoots the politicians.  

botsio
botsio

its the society its self that needs cross examination.moral upbringing is a factor here.lack of disciplinary action has brought about all this.if u don't get chastised for ur actions from ur infancy be it right or wrong has grave consequences in the future.its more evident now.and guns falling into the wrong hands due to inadequate background checks.plz let the game industry be.we are fed up.

karnage27
karnage27

Fucking American politicians getting involved in something they know fuck all about, playing violent games over ten years and i haven't killed anyone yet :). 

Maybe they should look into all them guns in their country, guns kill people for real right! Ridiculous nation and thank god i was never born there. 

Marikhen
Marikhen

I love it when Congress would rather blame video games than the parents.  I don't necessarily blame the parents of the children involved, but all of the parents involved do hold at least some collective responsibility for the way they raised their children and how their children interacted with the aforementioned "problem children."

Also, something interesting to note about the "deranged gamer" comment, it was part of a comment made by a cop who was, so far as I can tell, talking out of his ass.  The entire line was, "In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points."  I've been a heavy gamer for something like 25 years and a gamer in general for closer to 30 and I've never once come across that "code of a gamer."

With people like that picking up the pieces you know that there's not a good chance of the real story being put together.  -_-

neverwinter1567
neverwinter1567

Any one who thinks video games are the sole cause of violence is an idiot and I am not afraid to tell them to their face no matter who it is.

joe_Hogan
joe_Hogan

So to avoid making stricter gun laws, let's trample on the first amendment. That'll reduce school shootings! #sarcasm.

drclaw_
drclaw_

what about movies, hollywood movies have better graphics than videogames...

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

I'm just wondering why these ppl are allowed to continue to lead, clearly they're fking morons

Crouteru
Crouteru

Sounds more like a witch hunt to me. I know they have good intentions to see if there's a link between video games and violent behaviour, but I don't see how they can have any more influence than television, or movies, or any other type of media.

Spotted_Pelt
Spotted_Pelt

This is a bit rare, but I'm going to chip in for once, and not from just theory, but my own experiences.

When I was younger my mum wouldnt let me watch The Simpsons, when I asked why she told me she didnt like the language. She lay down the law for me and I obeyed. However, I was more confused with the violence in the other cartoons I watched (tom and jerry, looney toons,etc) as those showed people being hit with cars and being just fine.

Later, I got my first dose of anime, Akira, and that didnt pull any punches (I was nine), and I learned from that what a gun could do to a person. I gained a fear, and respect, for those weapons from the very medium (animation) that my mother tried to shield me from, whereas if that exposure was guided it would have been far easier for me.

By a similar token, one of these violent video games they propose banning, actually helped me to SAVE a life. When I was in collage, in the dorms, one of the guys slipped in the showed and put his arm through a window, clean cut to the bone and he was bleeding out.

Earlier that week I had been playing the beta for America's Army on the PC, and had been playing the medic. Part of that game's tutorial for the class was actual first aid, battlefield triage and medical response. It taught me how to make a tourniquet out of strips of cloth, and with the help of the guy across the hall we stopped him from bleeding out while the ambulance arrived.

Anyone else have a story about a game HELPING rather than harming?

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

why don't they research the direct correlation between psychotropic drugs and teen violence????????????

Adenosine
Adenosine

You know if this was the 70s or 80s, they'd be doing research on heavy metal and how it makes kids worship satan and be rebellious lol! Politicians, they'll do anything to make a name.

danielwd
danielwd

I'm glad that someone with a ridiculous amount of money is on the side of reason. (I am assuming that the multi million/billion dollar business is trying to protect it's interests by supporting violent games.)

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

@Taffy872 If you want to make a dent, you'll need statistics and evidence. Golf isn't regarded as violent, games are violent.

zintarr
zintarr

@Taffy872 I'm still waiting for all people who own pressure cookers to be branded as the evil wanna be murders they are!

Marikhen
Marikhen

@xtremeflem2day You don't even need to use antidepressants.  Parents have been drugging their children since 2-3 years old with caffeine, a physically addictive drug that can have potentially severe physiological side effects, for decades now.  On top of that there's a growing body of evidence that various food additives, artificial colors and sweeteners, can interact in unhealthy fashions with children who possess abnormal brain physiology or brain chemistry like those affected by ADD and ADHD.

questersson
questersson

@Atombomb1981 Tis True, If you where to visit the Archives in D.C. & look at the piles of LAWS each state has passed, from the begining, you'd have enough to reach from earth to the moon & Back!

As for the Claims of these Sheep, What about their Sports lige Football, Base Ball, Basketball, Soccor, LaCross, Those games can be just as MIND MOLDING as video Games, Even more so, When They are DRILLED into Every Students Head 24/7 At Home & at school!!

questersson
questersson

@19James89 None that I Know Of! & We Though that the communist Russians had it bad, during the Cold War years.

questersson
questersson

@botsio  

Your Correct, however in a Nation that is Quickly Forgetting that They Ever had a CREATOR GOD, It Comes as little supprise that this ONCE Mighty Nation, UNDER GOD, Is Quickly becoming a Nation of Godless FOOLS, hell Bent on their own Destrouction!

questersson
questersson

@karnage27  

I Too , Thank God, you where never born here. By the way, Do you Kiss your MOM with that Filthy Mouth?

Succumbus
Succumbus

@karnage27 You're getting mad at politicians saying they're messing with stuff they know nothing about... yet you weren't even born in America? I'm guessing you don't live in America either. I've got a .38 special sitting in the drawer next to where I sleep. Always loaded. It's what will protect me if someone decides to shatter my window or burst in my door.

You can keep your gun control opinions and your change. I'll keep my guns and my freedom. It's not guns that are the problem. That's like cracking down on people having cars because drunk drivers kill people every day.

Ignorant.

emperiox
emperiox

@karnage27 So that bushmaster stole a car and started shooting kids on it's own? Don't kid yourself, guns aren't a problem.

BarraKas
BarraKas

@karnage27 Its not only the games issue, its every other thing too. America is the cancer of the world.

questersson
questersson

@Marikhen  

If you love that, than your going to flip for joy when I tell you that, the very same Government that blames video games for all of it's problems with todays youth, Is Also the same government that will arrest the parents, in they Dare to Force their children to behave!

I nearly was arrested for spanking (3 Swats on the butt) my Son, after I discovered that he had Shopped Lifted a toy!

So get off your soap-box, And learn the truth today. It is not always the parents fault that their kids grow up so rotten!

joe_Hogan
joe_Hogan

@Crouteru Europe has a fraction of violent crime, more gun laws, and the same video game market. At least that's what the last study said. lmao.

Cytix
Cytix

@Timmy_Gwar @Taffy872 Exactly! Golf has no outlet! you need to be SUPER PATIENT, If you get angry, clubs will kick you out, u have to be SUPER GENTLE and miss at the end just feet away from the hole.


see? its all a matter of perspective, you can get the "Reasoning" out of anything for ANYTHING as long as you dig deep enough... why do (most) martial artis don't get in fights or have criminal recods? because they have a safe outlet, SO DO GAMERS, right? that's the way i look at it. - i fulfill the "human need for violence" by playing games.

karnage27
karnage27

@Succumbus @karnage27 Freedom!,ya america is the only country in the world that is free, you're a fool. 

Freedom to,

shoot children

shoot high school kids

shoot college students

shoot cinema goers

shoot the general public

shoot babies in their prams

shoot presidents

shoot musicans

shoot foreigners

shoot blacks

shoot Iraq's  

shoot afgans

shoot mexicans

shoot syrians (hopefully that will get green light)

shoot your parents

shoot yourself

Freedom...

questersson
questersson

@BarraKas @karnage27  

WRONG, The divided States is a Nation of Great Citizens, It's OUR GOVERNMENT that has grown into a CANCER that needs to be extracted, NOT THE PEOPLE!

Marikhen
Marikhen

@questersson @Marikhen Parents bear the ultimate responsibility for raising their children, and how they raise their children affects how other children grow up making them responsible in part for how the children they and their children associate with grow up.

Regarding state/local CPS agencies stepping in when you spanked your child, consider this.  For every government action there is an equal and opposite, or worse, inaction.  I spent years being hit in the ass with a cricket paddle by my school 6'2"-6'5" principle for fighting, and even when I didn't start the fight I got punished for starting the fight.  Later I had another principle, a nearly 6' tall woman this time, decide hitting me in the ass with a ping pong paddle that had holes cut out of it three times per failed test would be a great way of teaching me to do better on said tests.  To this day, over two decades since that ended, I still have moderate to severe panic attacks which can leave me physically incapable of speaking as a result of that.  Spanking your child can have long-term, life-altering repercussions when done incorrectly.


Oddly I still support spanking a child when it's warranted despite the abusive nature of my experiences with it.  /shrugs.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@gufberg @spartanx169x  Theres lots. Google it. They have killings dating back to the 1980s. 95% of the teen rampages the teens were on some kind of Prescribed med.  

questersson
questersson

@emperiox @Succumbus @karnage27  

Wonderful, and while your talking about it, Say HI, to those Government P.O.S. that have your statement now flaged!! 

See how easy it is for our Dictator to collect DATA on you?

An Old but True Saying; LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS!

gufberg
gufberg

@spartanx169x Thanks, i didn't know that. Seems like there could be a correlation after all.