Industry has profited at expense of children, says CA senator

Leland Yee again points finger at games industry, admits he "didn't use the best words" in recent interview.

California senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has apologized for telling gamers to "quiet down" in a recent interview, but also again criticized the game industry for hurting children.

"Gamers, I admittedly didn't use best words to [the San Francisco Chronicle]," he said on Twitter (via Game Politics). "Meant video game industry has inherent conflict of interest in the gun violence debate."

The politician said he knows and has respect for many gamers, but again pointed the finger at the game industry for making profits at the cost of children's health.

"I have a lot of respect for many gamers," he added. "Many are on my staff and in my family--but the industry has profited at the expense of children."

Yee said last week that gamers have "no credibility" in the discussion surrounding violent video games. He said it is "all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money."

Yee is not the only politician taking aim at the game industry following December's deadly shooting in Newton, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead. Politicians in Washington, DC, as well as President Obama himself, have put forth legislation and orders aimed at examining violent entertainment and what role it may play in real-world violence.

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472 comments
Eruptflail
Eruptflail

According to studies violent videogames tend to reduce the amount of violence that people preform. It's a way to release aggression effectively. Sorry Mr. but you need to stop making claims without facts. Mass Murderer's only have 2 things in common, they're almost always male, and they're almost always clinically depressed/insane. Videogaming has never been a part of that equation.

digitaldevil624
digitaldevil624

it's so much easier to blame something else than take responsability, goddamnit im american and i hate this country

IrishConnor94
IrishConnor94

Parent's need to think about this logically: If they really believe that video games are making their kids violent, then they are obviously buying their kids the wrong games. There are movies and music that is explicit too, but that doesn't make them bad, it just means THEY AREN'T MADE FOR KIDS!

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

It's not the industry, it's the parents. If the child has health problems because he plays too much video games it's because the parents are idiots that can't raise a kid. There's your problem.

megaspiderweb09
megaspiderweb09

Weapons industry has profited at the expense of children, says CA Senator

FIXED

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

"Industry has profited at expense of children, says CA senator"

First games are too violent and now you're comparing them Dora the Explorer?

edjos
edjos

now it's the industry's fault if there's no law enforcement for retailers who sell M games to children, and parents themselves buy them sometimes, to get rid of them kids.

HSV002
HSV002

So what he ment to say was it was the fault of the game retailers for selling inappropriate games to under age minors, because their parents thought it was ok for them to purchase for their children

Micooliscool
Micooliscool

i cant understand why he is targeting the games industry when the pornography industry makes billions annually at the expense of children....   an issue that causes ALOT more harm to the children involved than a view violent video games

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

I too will join the argument that M-rated video games are not designed for children.  Young adults are the targeted demographic here.  You must fault the reader if the book is misunderstood.

CrackerMcGee
CrackerMcGee

After a long day of working the coal mines a kid just wants to come home and play a video game.  After all kids work hard for their possessions.  Or their parents buy them never mind. 

TANKER_LINK
TANKER_LINK

The children! The children! The children will be down fall of freedom...  Seriously this guy is trying to advance his political career at the expense of children and everyone else. Freedom dammit, doesn't that that mean anything to anyone anymore in this country?

Falru
Falru

Actually they've profited at the expense of adults, seeing as they're the ones who spend the money to buy the games.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Why don't you think before you talk, or tweet or whatever? Damn near every industry that is a billion+ money maker has profited from children. Besides, how in the hell is profiting from video games from any age group wrong? There are ratings for a reason and if children get their hands on something not for them, it's no one's fault but the parents. Why don't you elaborate a little more and maybe you can get to movies, TV shows, um.... the internet? Christ, I thought when you are in a position of this guy the first thing you do is think before anything else and lose more, and more votes and support.

sam628
sam628

Leland Yee can't change what he had said before "quiet down" l was offended  as a gamer by his words very unprofessional Leland Yee.

Evenphilip7
Evenphilip7

I don't trust Yee at all. As an avid follower of both video games and politics, I can tell you his views on both are idiotic at best.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

*Points Middle Finger At The Senator*  Please Shut The Fuck Up And Get Back to What Clownish Apes Like You Do Best.


Lying, Robbing, Stealing, And Working Against The Interests Of We The People.


Claytonicus
Claytonicus

I read an interesting study some time ago that actually proved the opposite to what he is saying, which is that when people are angry, they will choose to use the game as an outlet for their anger, and therefore cause it to dissipate. We disprove his theory by simply continuing to live non-violent lives. Those that are violent or impressionable are in most cases mentally imbalanced to begin with or have suffered some form of abuse as children. It's all about getting a foot in the door with tax, so that they can recover some of the $16 trillion that they "blew" on Monica Lewinski's court settlement.

CrazyMotoka
CrazyMotoka

Why does he insist in talking about the children? The game he's holding in the video for example, it clearly says "MATURE 17+" on the cover. If children are playing it you gotta blame their parents, not the game industry.

Ten_Tigers
Ten_Tigers

This guy really just does NOT know when to stop talking does he? Its like he forgot what state he lives in.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

What an A hole... nope apology not accepted. Now you can stfu.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Industry has profited at expense of children? How am I suppose to respond to that? Uh yes, maybe gamers like us lust for violence but that doesn't mean we ignore the kids as well. There might be games still suited to kids like Super Mario Galaxy and Mario Kart Wii. Last of all, the senator should choose his words carefully. I guarantee the worse thing that could happen is losing the seat over the first thing politicians blame at.

Chainer323
Chainer323

wonder how many games he's bought his kids and grandkids

kaoruchan42
kaoruchan42

The hypocrisy of these morons is what's so galling. Instead of actually doing something to deal with the real causes of violence, like poverty and lack of access to quality education, they go and blame things that have nothing to do with the reasons for our society's problems, like video games, or rock'n'roll, or comic books, or whatever latest cultural phenomenon they can scapegoat for their own incompetence and corruption. Now I wish I lived in San Francisco just so I could vote against Yee.

mikeyMKII
mikeyMKII

Too late. Hope you lose your seat.

vladfromhell
vladfromhell

yeah you say wrong words. try say: the games are, sell and full the pockts of senators and politics.

games are cool but politics no! kind off this words.

faceless-mask
faceless-mask

When did game developers start marketing M rated games towards children?

starduke
starduke

Sorry, Yee, still not voting for you. Here's a tip, think before you speak.

rlv217
rlv217

I wished this guy would go dig a hole somewhere, and crawl into it. Sorry if that's offensive, but the industry has profited by kids because people purchase the games for them. How is that the child's fault. Rant Over

ArtWeClever
ArtWeClever

Damnnit... quit believeing the fake-humanitarian, bleeding heart rhetoric! It's a show!

All they want is MORE MONEY. That is all. When the record industry was booming in the 90s, the atttack was on music. Now that the game industry is booming the attack is on games.

And what was the immediately suggested solution this time? You guessed it MORE TAX MONEY. That was seriously the first proposal (from Congress) I heard after this, was a 1% tax on "violent video games". But you'll see, that's just get their foot in the door, give it 10 years it will be a 20% tax.

That's what this succubus of a Government full of thieves does, they suck industries dry one after the other. There are a few ways to make large sums of money in this world, you can offer goods and services, or be a swindler (and sometimes both)... but politicians have chosen to take the swindler route, and I am quite fed up with otherwise intelligent people falling prey to their charade.

Taxing games does nothing but line the pockets of Government just for a short while before it falls out of the massive hole in the bottom it, which we like to call a $16 trillion debt. We're getting robbed, tell these people to go **** themselves. </rant>

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

While we're at it, blame the video industry (stupid shows that teach kids to be idiots instead of logical people) and the music industry with all the dirty music that comes out in favor of songs that are about something worthwhile. 

Rimsa_Laded
Rimsa_Laded

How about banning bullets? They're what's actually causing the killing.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

Yeah Lee but you keep trying to make it out like the games industry is pulling the same crap the tobacco industry tried to pull.    What you don't seem to comprehend is that M-rated games are not for children, they are not marketed to children, and the vast majority of retailers will not sell them to children.  The vast majority of children get there games from their parents.  If there is a problem here it is a failure on the part of parents to instill values to their children.  You can't fix that problem with cheap band-aid legislation.

JustAnExplosion
JustAnExplosion

I keep saying im going to stop reading these articals but i cant 

I dont want to live on this planet anymore

Tixylixx
Tixylixx

There are laws and age ratings to prevent kids from playing and kids have parents to bring them up right. Most of these killers have been abused when growing up and yet no one blamres the parents... come to think about it why don't people blame guns first? They were the weapon lol. 

dante_vaelstorm
dante_vaelstorm

It's parents responsibilities to stop their children playing video games that are too old for them, not the games companies. There are ratings for a reason.

If the store assistants sell video games to those underage and parents allow their underage children to play rated video games how does this turn around to being the developers faults?

Does the government sue a school when a child plays truent? Because that's the kind of logic that seems to be getting followed here.

I'm a parent, my wife and I don't allow our children to play games they're not old enough to play and if their behaviour became more violent because they played violent games, we simply wouldn't let them play those games, we wouldn't blame the industry for it. 

The Newton Connecticut shooting happened because the guy had severe austism and instead of getting him treatment, his mother ignored it AND left owned weapons unsecured. There are a lot of what ifs that could be asked, and 'what if violent video games didn't exist' is only one of hundreds maybe thousands of what ifs that could be asked in how it could have been avoided.

As a gamer, I personally back this investigation by the President, because when scientists once again prove that video games do not play a part in violent culture, maybe it will finally shut the mouths of all of those who jump on the accusing the video game culture bandwagon.



VarietyMage
VarietyMage

Once again, you need to be recalled immediately.  You have failed the public trust by accusing an industry of wrongdoing where there is none.  Game companies sell games, not guns.  That mentally defective shooter in CT wasn't shooting games at people, he was shooting guns.  Video games have nothing to do with it.  And the guns you're trying to regulate had nothing to do with the shootings - he used pistols, the assault rifle was in the trunk.  And you're not outlawing pistols, so this is a moot issue.  Resign now, moron, before you make this Congress look any stupider.

Kolo32
Kolo32

You keep throwing Obama's name in here as if calling for a study of the effects of gaming means he wants the industry shut down and censored like this psychopath from California and that clown from Connecticut.

sam628
sam628

why is this article here on again?

xGamePlayerx19
xGamePlayerx19

i dont understand whats so hard about not letting your child play M rated titles till their mature enough to handle them or of age to just buy it themselves. if the parents that dont do this would just think twice about what their buying their 5 yr old or however old a M rated title, this blame would maybe not be thrown to us gamers and the industry every time a tragedy struck

AizazSharif
AizazSharif

games should be for everyone simple is that...... why is there logic of 18+ ???? these sort of games we find unable to play in front of our family especailly because of some cutscenes and dialogues :((

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

Finally, one thing both sides can agree on: more control. 

CommanderShiro
CommanderShiro

M rated video games are not designed for children.

Wraith3
Wraith3

Hey why let common sense get in the way? Let's pick whatever we want to get rid of, guns, video games, whatever and go after it. So what if we don't solve the problem, we can say "Look at what we did!" Stupid govt. Someone needs to wake these guys up and tell them that video games don't equal "kids' games". Somehow they are missing that 18+ or M rating on the games.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Hurry guys your constituents are angry start taking away more of our freedoms! I mean anything to protect us maybe pass another patriot act so we can stay safe!

ghys_the_great
ghys_the_great

Im surprised they havent started to blame Metal music and horror movies, like they were doing before videogames became mainstream