Rep. Joe Baca Rails Against Supreme Court Decision

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Rep. Joe Baca Rails Against Supreme Court Decision

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Congressman Joe Baca, the man who wants health warning labels on videogames, is "disappointed" by the Supreme Court's decision to let the game industry continue to peddle its heinous filth to children.

Joe Baca thinks videogames are dangerous. Dangerous enough that he has twice introduced a bill that would require all videogames rated T (Teen) or higher to carry health warning labels, like cigarettes or assault rifles. Actually, I don't think assault rifles carry warning labels or even ESRB-style age recommendations [and isn't that ironic], but that's neither here nor there. The point is that Baca doesn't like videogames, and he doesn't like yesterday's SCOTUS ruling that they're entitled to the same First Amendment protections as other media.

"I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar video game industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors," Baca said in the wake of the ruling. "Unfortunately, the industry is still not doing enough to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of many games."

Of course, that ignores the fact that the videogame industry does more than any other entertainment business to keep parents educated and informed about its products, and that videogames have a higher level of age rating compliance than any other medium on the market. It also overlooks the inconvenient point that while videogames have become more ubiquitous across all levels of society, crime rates have actually declined, and that for all the dangers of "interactivity" there is no actual evidence that it's any more harmful than the consumption of any other form of entertainment.

But hey, why let things like "facts" get in the way of hysterical pandering, right? To that end, Baca indicated that he would continue to pursue his quest to mandate warning labels for games. "I continue to sponsor and advocate for legislation in the House of Representatives that would mandate all videogames with a rating of 'Teen' or higher be sold with a cigarette style warning label, citing the health risks of excessive exposure to violent media," he said.

"Violent media" presumably excluding movies, television, music and books, of course.

Source: Inland News Today

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I love how whenever there's a low-key political event like this(lets face it, outside the Games Industry this affects no one), a group of nobody congressmen and political activists latch on to it in an effort to boost their own profile.

We should all take up smoking just to piss him off.

I believe 'Baca' means 'stupid' in Japanese.

Also what exactly could you possibly put down on a warning label on a videogame that would ACTUALLY discourage ppl. from buying it, short of citing a direct link with cancer. Wait.. I think I just made up Fox News' latest headline..

"Somebody once said that 'A Politician is someone who can talk for hours and not actually say anything'" -Yahtzee

"I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar video game industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors,"

I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar corrupted politics industry will continue to go unchecked in it's ability to profit.

e.e you see what I did there?

"Not doing enough to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of many games"
Then what the hell are the descriptions on the ESRB? They literally list every instance of potentially offensive content in a game.

And since disgust is not grounds to deny someone their rights lets get onto that gay marriage bit shall we? I figure it would apply to other things.

Sougo:
I believe 'Baca' means 'stupid' in Japanese.

Also what exactly could you possibly put down on a warning label on a videogame that would ACTUALLY discourage ppl. from buying it, short of citing a direct link with cancer. Wait.. I think I just made up Fox News latest headline..

Given that I don't think the Japanese have an actual letter c, and if it's pronounced like a k, you would get baka, which is Japanese for idiot.

Video Games, this generation's rock and roll.

Thats funny because there is no health labels on his heinous filth.

So all the fuss he's making is for a warning label on the game? Wow, and how exactly would a warning label actually help?

Unless I pick up some god awful disease, like scurvy, or feel the need to pick up a gun to shoot something, like the geco in my backyard, then I don't see the point in what he wants.

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Sougo:
I believe 'Baca' means 'stupid' in Japanese.

Also what exactly could you possibly put down on a warning label on a videogame that would ACTUALLY discourage ppl. from buying it, short of citing a direct link with cancer. Wait.. I think I just made up Fox News latest headline..

Given that I don't think the Japanese have an actual letter c, and if it's pronounced like a k, you would get baka, which is Japanese for idiot.

Video Games, this generation's rock and roll.

Well, English is a funny language. Even when you know how to read it, you're often confused on how the damn thing should be read.

Joy another know nothing politician I can say to proudly: Go cry me a river bub. Cause you know us 'evil' gamers were fueled by tears of forsaken politicans.

/sarcasm

... the Supreme Court gave the First Ammendment protection?
Why am I only just hearing of this?

About bloody time.

ZombieGenesis:
... the Supreme Court gave the First Ammendment protection?
Why am I only just hearing of this?

About bloody time.

This makes you avatar choice even more appropriate. Either that or you did that on purpose.
Either way good job, you get a thumbs up!

Oh come on. I've seen Kill Bill on basic cable at 6:00 PM. And that was far more scarring than anything in my gaming library.

Really, though, the proof is in the pudding. The Game industry will continue to strive for rating compliance and gamers will keep on being just as constructive members of society as the general population. It'll just take time.

I think Rep. Baca should be forced to have a warning label permanently inked onto his forehead that warns people near him of the unsubstantiated claim that simply being in his presence will lower your IQ 47.2 points.

If he can do it, so can we.

I am confused as to what a cigarette style warning label for games would actually say. Don't those things have to be completely factual? How do they cite risks for overexposure to violent media when it hasn't been proved that there even are any?

Sougo:
I believe 'Baca' means 'stupid' in Japanese.

Also what exactly could you possibly put down on a warning label on a videogame that would ACTUALLY discourage ppl. from buying it, short of citing a direct link with cancer. Wait.. I think I just made up Fox News' latest headline..

I agree with you on this, what could you possibly saw that would deterr people from buying the game.

For the Fox News headline, I think they would be more likely to say that it's the number one cause of murder or suicide.

*blinks twice* Crap!
I've given them ideas!! NOOOOO!!!

It's funny how he only mentioned cigarettes and assault rifles. What about alcohol, and other firearms? Are handguns allowed not to have a warning label?? I was be sarcastic on the last question.

Mysten:
I think Rep. Baca should be forced to have a warning label permanently inked onto his forehead that warns people near him of the unsubstantiated claim that simply being in his presence will lower your IQ 47.2 points.

If he can do it, so can we.

By his logic, all the pavements and roads across America should be labelled with a warning about possible injury should you actually fall. He might also consider rating the different surfaces for your chances of falling.

Example:
This pavement is rated R for the ridiculously high chances of someone falling on it. Note: Falling may result in permanent brain injury or fractures. Please be advised that it is ILLEGAL for anyone aged under 18 to fall on this surface. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Rep. Baca is such a hypocrite. It's stuff like this that makes me dislike politics; you get irrational hate-mongers like this guy.

Also, something really bothers me about his "multi-billion dollar video gaming industry" comment. Probably the fact that he put that in to make it sound like a big evil corporation bent on corrupting today's youth like that gosh-danged rock-and-roll and comic books.

Does he forget that, like any entertainment medium, video games aren't just for kids and that the games he's complaining about are meant for either teens or adults? I'm in my 20's and I love some video games (of various ratings, I might add) just like I love some novels, movies, music, and tv shows (also of various ratings). People need to stop the age ghetto stigma that they've attached to games.

Yeah, yeah. You lost. Go pout in your corner. You can't overrule the Supreme Court. Believe me, you weren't the first person to be disappointed in a decision they made, and you won't be the last.
Good point on the fact that guns don't care warning labels. I'd like to see him try and pass that bill.

Does anyone else feel that the polotician is useless in this day and age? Isnt there better things to do than waste time and money (specifically, Tax-payers money) on this shit?

The Spartan E1337:
I am confused as to what a cigarette style warning label for games would actually say. Don't those things have to be completely factual? How do they cite risks for overexposure to violent media when it hasn't been proved that there even are any?

WARNING

Video games may lower the risk of your child committing violent crime

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13799616

Anyway, good to see the epitome of 'Land of the free' shoved in the faces of the hypocritical republicans who so often use the message when personal profit is involved, but happily ignore it when it comes to abortions, gay rights, censorship and any other issue they think will win them votes.

But hey, why let things like "facts" get in the way of hysterical pandering, right?

There is no possible way to phrase this argument better.

Here's the thing Congressman: It's still illegal to sell M rated games to minors! If store employees are any sort of competent and parents actually DO SOME GODDAMN PARENTING (which might be wishful thinking on both counts), then this whole fracas becomes a complete non-issue.

Just because of your position you do NOT speak for every adult in the country. I'm a gamer, and I'm a parent, and my little girl will play games when I decide that she's ready for it.

Whoa
Whoa whoa whoa

some idiot:
heinous depictions of violence and sex

All I've been getting is violence.

Where's all the heinous sex at?

Oh cry me a river, Baca. I'm an American and I support this decision not because I'm a gamer, but I believe in the First Amendment. Games are an expression, just like comic books and novels and movies. We've been through the process of trying to ban all of those before, and like games, they were protected. It's the new target of this generation. Eventually, when our generation is the older one, banning games will be a thing of the past.

Why are american politics so DAMN stupid. seriously how much RL cash has been utterly wasted on this almost 10 year old non-issue. half the time these people dont actually care or know what they are argueing for or against. they are just towing the party line to make sure all looks good.

All that money could've gone into education and better health systems. Better education means less of this retarded politicking down the line

Like most politicians he thinks he knows what is best for everyone. And he is so sure of himself that he is willing to advocate the use of force against anyone who disagrees with him.

We could just start putting ratings on those politicians.

Like Rated I for Ignorant and Rated B for Butthurt. Maybe we could also slap a health warning on their rear saying "Listening to this person words may lead to significant drop in IQ, uncontrollable laughter or pain over the face due to constant face-palming".

Yeah. Let's label and rate politicians. Only fair thing to do.

Radoh:

ZombieGenesis:
... the Supreme Court gave the First Ammendment protection?
Why am I only just hearing of this?

About bloody time.

This makes you avatar choice even more appropriate. Either that or you did that on purpose.
Either way good job, you get a thumbs up!

I really hope either of those is the case.

Sougo:
I believe 'Baca' means 'stupid' in Japanese.

Also what exactly could you possibly put down on a warning label on a videogame that would ACTUALLY discourage ppl. from buying it, short of citing a direct link with cancer. Wait.. I think I just made up Fox News' latest headline..

TV causes cancer. That would make a label and the news would still unironically cover it.

Sevre:
I love how whenever there's a low-key political event like this(lets face it, outside the Games Industry this affects no one), a group of nobody congressmen and political activists latch on to it in an effort to boost their own profile.

I don't think you really grasp the implications of this case. If violent content is declared an exception to First Amendment protections, it sets a precedent that opens the door to similar efforts against other media. Maybe it's a worst-case scenario but a decision against the game industry could very well have a chilling effect upon the entire entertainment industry. The potential implications of a decision against the videogame industry are actually very wide-ranging.

Bebus:

Anyway, good to see the epitome of 'Land of the free' shoved in the faces of the hypocritical republicans who so often use the message when personal profit is involved, but happily ignore it when it comes to abortions, gay rights, censorship and any other issue they think will win them votes.

The title of this article is misleading. I also thought "Rep" was short for Republican at first, when Joe Baca is, in fact, a Democrat. Turns out it means "Representative".

Censorship has never been an issue that's been divided along party lines; there are idiots for it on BOTH sides.

P.S. Thanks

Andy Chalk:

"I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar video game industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors," Baca said in the wake of the ruling. "Unfortunately, the industry is still not doing enough to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of many games."

I'm disappointed that the multi-million dollar political lobby that raged against game is going unchecked in it's ability to dredge up arguments that have been deemed unconstitutional. Unfortunately, those politicians are still not doing anything to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of any games.

Andy Chalk:

Sevre:
I love how whenever there's a low-key political event like this(lets face it, outside the Games Industry this affects no one), a group of nobody congressmen and political activists latch on to it in an effort to boost their own profile.

I don't think you really grasp the implications of this case. If violent content is declared an exception to First Amendment protections, it sets a precedent that opens the door to similar efforts against other media. Maybe it's a worst-case scenario but a decision against the game industry could very well have a chilling effect upon the entire entertainment industry. The potential implications of a decision against the videogame industry are actually very wide-ranging.

Indeed.

But imagine what would have happened had the decision gone the other way. It would have opened the floodgate to further actions, and driven the industry, and any other cutting edge ones, at least partially underground.

I do not think I am exaggerating when I say it would have been like a modern rehash of prohibition.

What would have come of it? Would game quality get better or worse? What about consoles - would they change to reflect their taboo nature?

I am very glad the decision went the way it did, but considering the alternative makes for some very interesting ideas!

At this point it is almost comical. They have no conclusive evidence, bigger things to worry about, and have probably never even touched a video game. And yet they press on. It has become a bit pathetic.
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