Violent games a negative influence on young people, says CA Senator

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says if industry continues to make games that glorify guns, Congress could step in.

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Violent games are a negative influence on young people, US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) argued at a recent event. As reported by the Associated Press (via Games Industry International), the policymaker said this week in San Francisco that if the game industry continues to make games that glorify guns, Congress may step in.

Feinstein said these games play "a very negative role for young people, and the industry ought to take note of that."

Her argument came as part of a discussion regarding potential legislative action that could be taken following December's schoolhouse massacre in Connecticut where a 20-year-old killed 20 children and six adults being taking his own life.

The shooter was reportedly a "deranged gamer."

"If Sandy Hook doesn't do it, if the knowledge of these video games this young man played doesn't, then maybe we have to proceed, but that is in the future," Feinstein said.

New legislation over the sale of violent games in the US would face an uphill battle. In 2011, the Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional an attempt to legislate violent game sales in the US.

Feinstein is not the only politician to criticize violent games in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting. Last month, US Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-DW) said the industry must lessen the "obscene levels of violence" in games.

Discussion

1153 comments
asjflask
asjflask

"the policymaker said this week in San Francisco that if the game industry continues to make games that glorify guns, Congress may step in."

And the US Supreme Court will say, "step your ass right back on out.  First Amendment owns you bitches!"

asjflask
asjflask

I think politics in general has a negative effect on people.  Maybe we should pass a law banning politicians.

chavao666
chavao666

I really think gamespot should stop posting this crazy oldfuck senators crap. It's just the same bullshit all over again anyway and videogames have been blamed for too much violence and brainwashing kids into being terrorists since Columbine

varnage
varnage

i agree with her cause all us high ranked online gamers are being armed with the guns to kill people by our consoles and pc's. this is definetly NOT the fault of poor backround checks and metal examinations... hell the other day Captain Price threw an M4 at me and said go kill kids... i denied ofcourse cause i was still in a lobby.... -_- 

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

"You people are to stupid to control yourselves.! I'm taking away your guns, games, and big gulps!"

ZackRoyer
ZackRoyer

I think the senate is a negative influence on elder people.

Longhorns62
Longhorns62

If I had a dog that ugly I would shave it's ass and make it walk backwards.

Jyakotu
Jyakotu

I was playing M rated and violent video games WAY before I was 17 and it didn't have a negative effect on me. I know the difference between virtual reality and ACTUAL reality.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

Only in fucking america, is there a more idiotic and dumber nation?i doubt it lol ridiculous maybe close down you fucking million gun stores fucking idiots and stop blamming games ffs

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein

Last time I checked...Charles Whitman didn't play video games.  Whats your point?  Leave it to a Democrat...

LacksInSanity
LacksInSanity

I've always said that criminals don't like for their victims to be armed. Especially the ones within our government.

jamerncc17011
jamerncc17011

There are as many games as guns in this country and obviously the other hundred million people who play games don't have a problem.  Politicians refuse to acknowledge that  people may be the problem and not the product.  Also, what's to stop them from censoring movies?  Because we already had the movie debate and we debunked it.  The same will happen with games, just you wait.

dragonsama
dragonsama

Typical Progressive Democrat.  Feinstein is one of the worst by far.  she wipes her feet with the constitution and bill of rights.   Mainly with the 2nd "the right to keep and bare arms"  since she is the biggest proponent of banning guns.   And the 1st "right to free speech" since she wants to ban some movies, TV shows and Video games.

God it kills me to say this but Ron.Rand Paul were right.

Time to wake up people and start calling your congressmen and tell them hands off my gun, hands off what I watch, read, or play or I will vote and get my friends and family to primary you out and donate to your opponents.

torres_unix
torres_unix

First, Joseph Lieberman, now Diane Feinstein.  These congress clowns have nothing better to do it seems - can we as tax payers put an embargo on their salaries?

JusXice
JusXice

There is no legit proof that video game is the cause of violence there's various other ways that can trigger such behavior. 

but I understand their concren that video games can tigger such violences. The reason why they feel this way because you're killing a person in a video game that is quite similar to simulation they feel that video games is training them mentality to be killers 

Let be honest they were ''some" incidents that people commit crimes and admit that video games was the cause of it and they say it proudly like they glorify it. such games like HALO,GTA,COD,DOOM etc 

So this is pretty much up to debate. 

spookyghosts
spookyghosts

shit, how old is this bitch?

she even missed the atari era...what the fuck does she know

JKjr86
JKjr86

It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents. It's the parents.

Why are we the only one's who see this as the primary issue with games and the politicians don't? Has U.S. society degraded that much that parents aren't responsible for what their own kids say and do anymore? It would seem the politicians are defending the parents buying their kids violent video games so the parents don't have to work to tell their kids what they should and shouldn't do in real life. If this is why the govt is attacking the game industry, then the economy, gun control and North Korea are the LEAST of our problems.

BladeStrike1234
BladeStrike1234

The only way this granny will be taken seriously is if a gamer kills her.

MotaPrefect
MotaPrefect

As a Californian republican, I'm constantly having to deal with morons like Diane fineSWINE and her fellow democratic cronies like Barbra BOXHEAD.  I am 32 and have a 4 year old son who loves watching me play halo 4, and even takes cracks at it himself ( on Legendary! ).  I teach my son that every video game is completely FAKE, FALSE, and NOT REAL.  It's a parents job to regulate and TEACH their children what is real, and what is not.  When will these idiots realize this?  These are the exact same politician's that say legalizing cannabis will lead every child to start main lining heroin the next day.  The amount of stupidity of the politician's here is astounding, as is their ignorance to the real problems that lead to tragedy's of these completely insane people killing innocent people.

If you live in California as I do, take the 20 minutes to go to the polls on election day and vote these dinosaurs with no touch on reality OUT of office!

Armin_Devil_PS3
Armin_Devil_PS3

So what does it mean? In close future we gono see only E & T rated games ?!

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Have those politicians heard of Korean, Japanese and Chinese music? Maybe not. Gangnam Style will help those politicians get rid of their videogame phobia syndrome. The NRA really needs a reality check. After all, they sold their own games teaching people how to use guns through mobile phones and a PS2 if you have forgotten. Anyway, this subject will fatigue the politicians to death.

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

another typical idiot politiacian trying to mask the issue with a smoke screen ....... these sons of bitches are ruining the world 

scared7
scared7

I life in The Netherlands and here we CAN'T buy guns in the stores. And if it happen that there is going a shooting here blame the shooter he needs help. Maybe they must look into that in the USA to help those sick people. And get the guns of the streets in the USA. BTW that SICK shooter in Connecticut he loved DANCING GAMES, wouw yeah if you are dancing you want to shoot people. Yeah right don't be that STUPID woman.

shuwar
shuwar

Sure, why not, blame video games NOT the criminals. Ban video games NOT firearms. Same games are being played all over the world, strangely enough (really...?) with no such results. But to make a conclusion it would require a brain, which I'm afraid is not the case here...

predatorGS
predatorGS

These kind of people always make me very aggressive! Grrrr....

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

can someone slap this bitch and tell her:

"THATS ENOUGH OF YOUR SHIT YOU STUPID BITCH"

thanks you 

DukeRay
DukeRay

Notice which party these pols belong to; then question the authorities who have tried to brainwash you to believe it's the Republicans who are trying to to control us.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

** Senator a negative influence on young gamers**


She aint played a video game in her life!

X-RS
X-RS

COnsidering how braindead, pan handed and bland the plts of many games have been this generation (as she has only come to the conclusion now) I am actually inclined to agree with said senator.

7th gen has had online play with pretty graphics but my mind has literally turned to mush (yes I am aware of the actual content in said article but were all just bsing neways)

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

This stupid woman better hope us gamers don't lose our hobby, else we might actually give a shit about something else, and throw her ass out of office.

Paratrooper20k
Paratrooper20k

Just what I needed, another "fat cat" lawyer in D.C. who knows what's best for us.  Please Senator Feinstein, tell us how to live our lives. 

weetbix23
weetbix23

At least here in Australia after the Port Arthur shooting no one has the right to bear arms, only cops. It is much more difficult to obtain any kind of firearm than America. Shouldn't the American government blame their out dated laws rather than video games for gun violence? Its crazy how people go around shooting up schools in America, it doesn't sound like a place I want to live.

Nzilla
Nzilla

Thank god for the 1st amendment!  WOOT!

R3NeGaDeAnGeL
R3NeGaDeAnGeL

When will these idiots learn that there is no significant correlation in the research between violent games and violent actions...hell, if anything, me shooting/killing/destroying enemies in videogames helps to reduce my aggression when I'm stressed, similar to a good few rounds a punching bag...at least in my case


Deranged, mentally ill individuals will perform violent behaviors regardless of time spent playing violent games...it seems like they would've cracked eventually, regardless....just my thoughts

davidAG
davidAG

Hell, and before that, we had people banning books because they thought the content would lead to people being murderers, or sexual social deviants etc.

davidAG
davidAG

So everyone is going to ignore the studies disproving the allegations that playing violent videogames leads directly to the enactment of real world violence ... really now? I mean we've done this whole song and dance before and the scientific community has always come back with the same answer, violent videogames don't lead to real world violence. If they did we'd be bathing in a constant sea of blood because we'd have spree killing massacres daily in droves, period. It's simply a desire for people to pass the buck, first it was rock music, then it was violent movies, then rap, and now it's violent games. The problem is our culture, lack of parenting, our stigmatizing those that seek out mental health or even admit that they have a problem and need help, yea it's easy to blame games rather than look in the damn mirror isn't it.

Cashmoney007
Cashmoney007

Senator Dianne Feinstein just shut up!  You have not really done much for California and continue to drive people nuts with your nonsense.  Please just find something else to do that actually helps my state.

LacksInSanity
LacksInSanity

@Barrakas21 Your idea to stop blaming inanimate object A (video games) in favor of blaming inanimate object B (guns) is a bit ridiculous. How about we stop blaming inanimate objects for the actions of crazy people and actually place the blame on the crazy person?

Longhorns62
Longhorns62

@JKjr86 : I wrote the same thing on here weeks ago when they were blaming games. Today's parents want to be best friends with their kids. I was friends with my old man only after I was an adult, he never spared me the rod. I deserved it half the time. The American way is to blame somebody else for your problems. People need to start looking in the mirror. Good job sir.

spookyghosts
spookyghosts

@JKjr86 well blaming the parents (voters) isn't going to get you cookie points....they need to be all doing something so it looks like the the tax dollar is going to some use...



scared7
scared7

BTW i am a older gamer and not a KID. I have 3 kids and if they want to play a fun videogame they can. And what will they do if they get the Shooter games to stop, try to get all the shooter games out of the world that are sold  in the years. Don't be so dumb there are always be shooting games in the world.

twisted_outlaw
twisted_outlaw

@weetbix23 Well, this is Murica. We have guns. And if you think criminals are going to obey laws, you're even dumber than the woman blaming shootings on video games.

weetbix23
weetbix23

@twisted_outlaw @weetbix23

That is not what I'm suggesting. I was simply stating that after what happened here in Australia, where something like 30 people were killed and 14 people injured, the government actually did something about it, they bought back and destroyed 631,000 firearms, making firearms only legal for people who use them for recreation like hunting or target shooting. If you lived here in Australia you wouldn't think your country was the greatest in the world.