Clinton reiterates call for federal game violence study

Senator from New York pushes to have government examine the effects of media including games on childhood development.

WASHINGTON--The federal government needs to step in to ensure that electronic media, including video games, isn't harming children's development, Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

To that end, the New York senator said she's pushing for approval of federally funded research into the broad effects of media--everything from television to video games to the Internet--on children. A bill chiefly sponsored by Clinton and Connecticut Democrat Joseph Lieberman contains such a proposal and received unanimous support from a Senate committee earlier this year.

Speaking at an event here organized by the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank, Clinton dismissed critics who have questioned the need for such a project and its cost to taxpayers.

"We don't know the effects," Clinton said. "Never have children been raised in such a media-saturated environment. How do we get more research, better facts and evidence?"

Unless Congress acts, the parenting experience will be nothing more than a "great experiment on our children," she said. "I'd like to have a little more reassurance that it's going to turn out all right."

A longtime foe of violent and sex-themed video games, Clinton said she's also hoping that Congress will pass another bill coauthored with Lieberman that would impose fines on businesses that sell or rent video games with a Mature or Adults Only tag to anyone under age 17.

Clinton's office on Wednesday also released a one-page, downloadable "media guide" for parents. It spells out definitions for the ratings systems used by TV shows and video games and gives a brief rundown of technological parental controls available on video game consoles, televisions, and services like TiVo.

"Obviously parents are on the front line, but a lot of them need help," Clinton said. Clinton's remarks on Wednesday came just hours before the US House of Representatives voted 379-35 to approve legislation that would impose a tenfold hike in indecency fines on broadcast TV operators--from $32,500 to $325,000. The Senate had approved the same legislation in May, so it now awaits President Bush's signature, which is expected.

The Parents Television Council, a nonprofit advocacy organization with more than a million members, was quick to applaud that move. Families are "fed up with the sexually raunchy and gratuitously violent content that's broadcast over the public airwaves, particularly during hours when millions of children are in the viewing audience," Brent Bozell, president of the council, said in a statement.

Politicians' scrutiny of media doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. A subset of the House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to consider approaches to controlling access to violent and explicit video games at a hearing scheduled for June 14.

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gunswordfist
gunswordfist

After finally reading this, I see how much I should not have respect for this moron Clinton. The lastthing we need in America is harsher fines and censorship. Clinton is really trying to take freedom away from the game industry. I have no respect for anyone who thinks violence in entertainment is automatically 'mindless' and 'evil'. Thank GOD Obama crushed this fool.

EugeneE3RD
EugeneE3RD

I once had respect for Hillary Clinton but I have lost that respect for her espically since she & that stupid jerk Joseph Lieberman are trying to ban games. The claim that there has never been studies on video games which is BS. There has been many studies & almost all of them claim that there is no link between youth violence & video games. It seems to me that Clinton & Lieberman are mad because the studies aren't in their favor. It's not the gov't's responsibility to watch what games kid's play. It is the paren't responsibility.

antogall
antogall

You know what I think? Let Hillary make a fool of herself by spending millions of dollars on a study only to find out that she is more likely to hack off someone's limbs with a chainsaw than the average gamer.

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Another funny thing is you'll never hear about these type of projects/waste of money on the news (only someone gets killed because of GTA) only on the internet and you'll never know the results of the studies because they always turn out the same games are as harmful as watching violent movies.

AshDragon19
AshDragon19

As an avid tv watcher and gamer since brith I can't see why the politicians have nothing better to do than attack my many sources of enjoyment and relaxation. I have been subjected to all the sexually raunchy and gratuitously violent content since I can remeber. And all the ratings systems specifically outline all the things that may or may not be appropriate for a certian age group. Game companies and broadcast companies have done what they all they can to comply with the law not it's up to the parents. I say bring on all the sexually raunchy and gratuitously violent content for those that can watch it.

awia
awia

I agree with Relived, the government is sticking their head in where it does not belong. True, videogames cause agression, but thats why the violent ones are rated. Parents need to step up, and I dont care what the law says, when I have a kid, and he does something wrong, hes getting his a** kicked just like i did. Hilary can do whatever she wants, but videogames will NEVER not be part of the American culture. sorry biotch.....

crackman64
crackman64

I agree, t_walk1. After all, john McKain opposed harsh torture. Just make some that substanse (I forgot what it's called) that makes people tell the truth (yes that does exist, I did not learn about it from fiction). If we did that, we'd capture Osama in no time.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Government brought this on themselves, they take away the parents to discipline their children and now children and teens are more disrespectful and violent than ever. "Time-out" is a joke and kids know it too. When a child is reaching for something harmful or deadly to them or being outright DEFIANT,"explaining" why they shouldn't do it is almost never enough. However a firm "swap" on the hand or backside does miracles in letting the child know not to do it. And they want to LOCK US UP FOR THAT? Just keep chasing "ghost" Mr. Government because the heart of the matter is the PARENTS (not video games, movies, and music,..etc}. Though all these CAN be a BIG influence on children, STRONG parenting can combat all them.

EricTheO
EricTheO

Study Government corruption and Corporate bribery instead, they effect every person in the Country adversely!!!

sepheronX
sepheronX

I know america is good for this. They blame others for their own problems. And in this case, Clinton is blaming an inanimate object. Its pathetic, this woman is just censoring everything, she is worst then Soviet Russia with their Censorship. I believe for the act of the children, is due to not learning it by themselves. A child, must learn through something, and the parents now adays just dont bother, you know why? cause a lot of children in some eyes were considered a "mistake!" for insteans, their is too much sex before marriage and crap like that, leading to teen or just premature pregnancy. Its pathetic what this generation of adults are like, they are just as mature as the kid they are raising (or barly raising!) And Clinton thinks she is gonna do a better job? yeah censorship. Then wait till war happens. What promote war on real to real baisis, but non in a vitrual world? give me a break.

Iriseon
Iriseon

It takes a village. And all your money. Plus 10%. Put cronies on the commission, pay them double the usual rate and skim their salary by half on the back end. Grope an intern. Go to sleep and repeat in the morning. Cattle futures for the sheep, the smartest woman in the world is here, stand back!

taggerung592
taggerung592

I seriously hope you becomes a candidate..... If she runs every Republican in the country will make a trip to voting booths. Also, Nader getting more votes than her would be one of the greatest and funniest things I have seen in my life. XD

MKF30
MKF30

Ok, what the hell was that comment about America for?The dude from Canada that made that stupid post a few posts back.Please, this country is a lot more awesome in a lot of ways. ; ) Worry about your own Country. Hillary is nothing but a Power trip B#$$#, people who will vote for her must enjoy smoking something LMAO.... I agree with DreadNght.

GusFear
GusFear

Don't You Get it, the problem here is adult's Convenience , we all know that everyboby likes video games , but not everyone admit it , because of dumb reasons. So my point is that why dont the goverment do something about Cigarettes (Tabaco) we all know that the tabaco is a dangerous thing, and its a Vice, (Like in "The Insider" movie with rusell Crow), the goverment dont do anything because a lot of people smoke tabaco, and a lot of people would not be in agreement with that .

Enderexor
Enderexor

I tell you what. If they make a biased study and suddenly the First Amendment is toasted for censorship I think I will have had enough. I will call upon the right set in the Declaration of Independance which states "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.- That WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE TO THESE ENDS, IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT." You see dear Ladys and Gentlemen if our Governement turns into an opressive form, it is our Right and our Duty to abolish it and set a new one. More than likly that would mean removing the Corrupt and replacing them with people that we can depend on to presurve our Freedom and our Protection. Our Governemet has already betrayed us by making Illegal immigrants Legal. They are here unlawfuly and many present a danger to the public. Now the First amendment is under attack by Hillery Clinton. If anything violates the First Ammendment I think it will be time to make some changes.

Merl57
Merl57

Fine just deny reality pretend life is a game where no one gets hurt, thats exactly what you are doing by these restrictions, People need to assort reality from fiction and the parents shouldn't be so braindead when it comes to making game choices, oviously resident evil is not as good as a mario game for a child, thats plain common sense read the ESRB ratings

volumesoxxs
volumesoxxs

Everything is fine people, our TV is fine our video games are fine you don't need to touch them!

homiebo
homiebo

i dont see her becoming president anytime now

MasterHand2
MasterHand2

Oh yeah... STOP FIGHTING! Who cares if it is a lib or con issue. What matters is that it is here and it will affect us. So I say let's stop arguing and start coming up with a solution.

luvbug_67208
luvbug_67208

If people would just spank there kids..and let parents be parents this wouldn't be that serious of an issue. You can go to jail for spanking your kids now..whats next going to jail for selling a rated TEEN game?!?!

drunk3nrabbit
drunk3nrabbit

In my personal experience I play some pretty crazy games, and i have a hideous imation of torture, killing, and mayhem. But when it comes down to fighting someone, i find it EXTREMELY hard to throw the first punch (not because I'm weak). And it would be even harder to kill someone with a gun/weapon while they were right in front of me. When it comes to drugs and stuff, i'm very good about not getting into that junk, Yeah i'm 16 and I've gotten drunk off my @55, but at the same party, when I was totally hammered, someone offered me weed and I blew it off. Drugs just are gay. Now if Hillary Clinton studied me, he would deny even meeting me because I would totally blow his theory that VG's desensitize and ruin moral boundaries. Lastly, I thought that Democrats were for looser morals and a more, if you can see it than its ok. and Republicans were if you can see it, we have to first screen it to make sure it is ok for our kids, OOH CRAP! ITS GTA, YOU ARE NOT GETTING THIS GAME JIMMY! (personally I don't have any political affiliation because all politicians, are stupid.)

MasterHand2
MasterHand2

It's not about democrats or rebuplicans, It's about parents being irresponsible and trying to find an accuse for being lazy and not paying attention to their kids. They are just showing their laziness by having the government step in to do the job of mnitoring their kids.

madcalf182
madcalf182

Clinton is just trying to protect our country. Anything she could spend on this would be cheaper than Bush's 441.8 billion that went to fighting a useless war.

t_walk1
t_walk1

crackman64 wrote "For all of you who oppose the democrats, it's only one bad democrat. We shouldn't judge a group by one person." The same can be said for Bush and the republicans man....Don't think The daily show has taken note about that though.

JangoFett582
JangoFett582

If what Clinton says is true, I should have killed at least 20 people by now. I am 18 and have been playing Video Games since I was 5 with the NES, yet I have no desire to kill anyone. My parents raised me. Yes, my parents raised me. Clinton, go ahead and run for president. You will lose!

Vash67
Vash67

Bill, can you please beat your wife?

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

okay, I dont really think 6-year-olds should play M rated games, but do they really have to make should a big deal about it?

Charona23
Charona23

Well, it's "someone's" time of the month. XP

MasterHand2
MasterHand2

In a few years, this stuff will not even be a problem. This current generation that is ruining the world will become old and feeble, and people who grew up on video-games will take federal postions, and change how video games are treated by the goverment

thrashr20
thrashr20

"Okay little Bobby, you go into this room full of video games for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP and Nintendo DS and a widescreen HDTV and you little Johnny will get to go into a room with nothing in it." I don't know but it seems Johnny will more than likely go nuts, probably become a psychopath or kill himself.

crackman64
crackman64

For all of you who oppose the democrats, it's only one bad democrat. We shouldn't judge a group by one person.

kinstar2002
kinstar2002

you kn i dont like that women i think she should be stopped

Sub_Zero_4774
Sub_Zero_4774

There are better things that a senator can and should focus on. Video game violence pales in comparion to some of the problems America is facing. I am a democrat, and it sucks that she is the lead candidate for presidency in '08 because she focuses on such ridiculous things. Get a life Hilary seriously.

tim5779
tim5779

and "study"'s cost money.

anucadivad
anucadivad

Hey all you fools just blasting democrats, try to think for a second. She's calling for a study, not for anything to be put into law. Atleast here is someone trying to know the facts before making decisions.

Sub_Zero_4774
Sub_Zero_4774

Argh this woman.... With the war in Iraq, skyrocketing gas prices and immigration problems, Hillary thinks that video games are the biggest problem in America. I'm staying home in '08. You lost my vote skank.

tim5779
tim5779

stupid democrats... what a big waste of money

clechedusername
clechedusername

violent games like GTA, or call of duty shouldn't be played by 10 year olds, but its not gonna get any teenager with half a brain acting like a homicidal maniac

cr250bronco
cr250bronco

i believe that this does need to be looked at. This culture is born and raised on media. Media is what has caused the times and people's opinions to change. what is the big deal, if the research is conducted and media has NO EFFECT on childrens minds (including video games), then we will move on. I dont think playing counter strike will make anyone want to kill someone, but it might lead to other side effects, who knows? have you done the research on young children yet? no, so i am all for it.

deftones2307
deftones2307

To me the world is always going to be filled with violence, sexual indecency and many other things that will just never go away. Is War not violent? Should it be censored for the sake of our children? Could it ever be? No. I think instead of trying to hide the truths of this sometimes crazy world from the youth, how about educate them about it. Start early, let them know what the world has to offer, so that when something that may have been shocking and devastating to the youth now becomes standard and the youth can fully grasp the nature of how the world is. It's a cruel and unforgiving place to someone unaccustomed to the ways but to an educated and understanding youth population it falls into perspective. Instead of hiding everything from children, expose them to it, but while doing so explain the fallacies of such things so that they can fully grasp the concept of media.

t_walk1
t_walk1

Just incase some of you are serious about getting involved in this I urge you to visit this website http://www.videogamevoters.org/ I wont say anything more about it (I don't want to influence anyone about this, democracy should be your own opinion) other than if you are serious about speaking your mind on this issue through the democratic means available to us this is a venue to consider becoming involved in. Please read it thuroughly , check it out extensivley and decide if it is somthing you want to be a part of. Some of you, like myself, may already belong and be involved. Those of you who are not I hope you decide it is something you want to become a part of. Thanks to everyone who does take a look. Strength in numbers folks.

nightfend
nightfend

The problem is that Clinton and everyone else on Capital Hill has never played a video game in their lives. So they are completely clueless to the medium. I hate the fact that all video games, even if they are Mature rated are considered "kids" games.

MiasmaRising
MiasmaRising

This is completely rediculous, this has gotta stop. That woman is the anti christ, i swear. She should go straight back to where she came from and burn there for the rest of enternity! DOWN WITH CLINTON!!!! Anti Clinton Team, assemble

pchandra23
pchandra23

This has gone too far. I am tired of using videogames as a scapegoat for our malfunctioning society. Parents need to step up and discipline their kids effectively. With one of the highest divorce rates in the world, no wonder kids are screwed up. Then there is this woman. She couldn't even please her man. How do people think she will run the country effectively. She is the model soccer mom. I hate soccer moms. Bunch of hypocrites. Its bad that kids get their hands on violent videogames, but it is ok for them to watch the crap on Tv. MTV is good for kids these days. How slutty a bunch of spoiled dumb 16 year old girls can be on their birthday is great role model material. Oh but not the videogames. Heavens for sake we manifest our urges from the videogame to real world society. It's call a conscience. It's what makes man superior to any other species. I am sick of this ideology. Blame other people for their inadequacies.

stpaul_paladin
stpaul_paladin

The Bill that Hillary wants to impose on the American public is S. 2126 Look for the full Bill language here: http://thomas.loc.gov/ search: S 2126 as the bill number The Bill isnt exactly a bad idea, just majorly off in some areas. Heck we limit who can get into or buy an R-rated movie. Write your senators that this Bill is a bad idea why you ask? 1. Video game manufacturers being responsible for embedded content even if it isnt used in the final product, this is particularly bad in that it says if it could be accessed through any technological means -if this happens we will suffer a restriction in what video game companies will be willing to put on store shelves 2. Government will tell the ESRB how the ratings should be. This is bad in that they determine what people can play and what rating it will get. Heck even a game such as Mario has violence to other creatures (jumping on turtles, how could we do such a thing, teaching our kids that). to contact your senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm