Senator Leland Yee On Proposed Violent Video Game Law

Posted: November 2, 2010
Senator Leland Yee On Proposed Violent Video Game Law
Adam Sessler visits Washington to interview Senator Leland Yee to get his comments on mature rated video games and why they're particularly harmful. Find out if Senator Yee's argument holds up to the Supreme Court.

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  • Vancoor

    On his Yii's last point. You can't compare the correlational data of smoking with the correlational data of violent video games. The potential cause and effect relationships do not work the same way. The reason why a cause and effect relationship between violent video games making children violent can t be drawn is because it can work backwards. What if these are natually violent kids who are drawn to playing violent video games, and not violent video games eliciting violence out of innocent kids. You cannot say Wow it s amazing how all these lung cancer ridden people are driven to smoke. Smoking can cause cancer, but cancer cannot cause smoking.

    Posted: December 4, 2010 10:16 PM
  • neon5162

    if california had its way we would be just like the future in demolition man minus the explosions and all the cool stuff

    Posted: November 21, 2010 2:19 PM
  • xLast_Caress

    They don't need to ban violent video games, they just need to enforce the age restrictions. They don't need to ruin it for those of us that can handle this and comprehend the lack of reality.

    Posted: November 7, 2010 8:47 PM
  • BlackPhantom67

    Doesnt Violent Video Games Rate M for Mature 18 and Older ??????????????????

    Posted: November 6, 2010 3:23 PM
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    Posted: November 5, 2010 7:37 PM
  • Big_red42

    on a side note, I find it funny that I must press start to play any part of a vidogame witch is an act of participation similar to what I do for the rest of any game.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 6:50 PM
  • G4m3rK!ng

    Leland Yee go out there and get ahh REAL LIFE WITH AHH REAL CASE.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 5:25 PM
  • slimmer

    Just more big Govt trying to tell freedom loving Americans what to do, not to mention it's just more big Govt wasting hard earned tax payer dollars.

    Wheres the opposition from the anti big Govt spending tea baggers ?

    Posted: November 4, 2010 2:26 PM
  • BlackPrince42

    Adam's interview is excellent and I don't think Yee is anywhere near the nutjob Thompson is. He smacks more of somebody genuinely trying to do what he thinks is right and his position is fairly moderate from what I can see here.

    That said, I still don't agree with him, or censorship in general for that matter, but he seems like someone you could have an intelligent and civil argument with if nothing else. Adam should invite him on his soapbox or Feedback for a one-on-one debate on the merits of their arguments

    Posted: November 4, 2010 1:49 PM
  • Halapino9000

    I think Yee's arguments are somewhat valid, but because kids can work their way around the rating system, by having their parents buy the game, it ends up in their hands. This is a lot like how movie rating system's work, you can go see an R-Rated movie with your parent if you're underage. I've snuck into an R rated movie, a way of working around the rating system. As you said in your Soapbox, this law lacks any kind of specificity. You'd think after all these years, he'd maybe have jotted down a few details into his proposed law.
    What it really comes down to is a lack of parental responsibility. They don't pay attention to the rating, nor do they sit down with their 8 year old playing CODMW2 and watch what their playing, or discuss with them that this is a game, you can't do this in real life. I could see this law being useful with there were an enormous amounts of retailers just selling off the shelf a M Rated game to a minor, but that isn't the case. I've always been checked for ID by retailers, esp. Gamestop, who also take the time to ask the parents if they've read the ESRB rating.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 12:17 PM
  • 3080

    My 1st reaction is to call Senator Leland Yee a D Bag! But I think he feels he is truly is trying to help society, and our children as a whole. Although miss guided I would agree that children of impressionable ages should not be playing these games, or at the very least have some parental guidance. The power and responsibility falls not on the child but the parents! Kids should not raise themselves. If the industry wants to keep Big brother government to stay out of everyone s hair it should regulate it s self. You may ask how. Have your game console Prompt for date of birth and if it is not matching that of the profile and under the correct date lock out the game until some an adult of legal age calls a 1 800 number!

    Posted: November 4, 2010 12:07 PM
  • K8at8

    Are Adam and Yee wearing matching suits? Someone have called before he left the house.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 10:16 AM
  • assassingod2255

    im from ohio i dont see why a senator in california with all the stuff going on in the communities around there this idiot is more worried about video games come moron video games are not the problem legalizing weed is one problem you morons have why dont you pull the junk from your chinese mouth let the world a great people from cali enjoy one of the greatest relaxing activities ever made video games! Like said before we have a rating system dont blame the video game family just because some parents dont understand the reason why the ratings are there in the first place! Thank you adam sessler for standing up and speeking for all of us.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 7:41 AM
  • godofwar117

    Thank you Adam Sessler for being such a great example and representative of the Video Game industry. You may not agree with Senator Yee, but your interview was very respectful and you asked legitimate questions. Once again I applaud you sir, you are the reason that I come back to G4 all the time.

    Posted: November 4, 2010 4:29 AM
  • ICM8781

    First, I would please ask people to stop blaming parents for kids getting their hands on these video games. There are a few deadbeat parents who don't care, and a few that spoil their kids and give them anything they want without punishment. Those cases however are a minority. Most, probably almost all, parents do care what their kids are doing, perticularly when icomes to computer and video games. Parents are not to blame because much of this outrage is coming from parents.
    Why you may ask? Because they are misinformed. This is the first time a pro video game ban person has admitted that the scientific data was misinformation. The next step is to get rid of the rest of the misinformation.
    There is no corillation between real violence and video game violence. His whole argument during that interview was to take a "what if?" approach to the corillated data. That data is also, misinformation. That is the next step to fight these laws.
    Even then just like how people are embracing violent movies, people will one day embrace violent video games. These parents supporting these laws don't and probably haven't ever played violent video games. The number of these people will diminish in time as parents who have and do play violent video games take their place. It will be unfortunate if this law is passed, however, it will be short-lived if it does.
    Always the optimist,
    Ian Covill

    Posted: November 3, 2010 8:28 PM
  • CliffyH

    Now that I have heard the man speak i can see where he is coming from, I however still do not agree. I would agree with the bill...if there wasn't already the ESRB, but there is and I think that your bill, if passed, will do nothing. If you seriously think this will hinder the youth from buying adult oriented games you are mistaken. Sure there are parents out there who are completely oblivious to what their kids are playing and they do need to be more aware, that I agree with you with. however, many parents are aware yet do not care. heck, around this time children are being conceived by those born/raised in the early 90's or late 80's (I feel old now :( ) none of this is new to us, many of us have played violent games as children (mortal kombat FTW) and the majority of us are not psycho killers because of them, so why not our children? who are we to deny them the satisfaction of ripping our Melina's spine after the witch kicked their butts over 9 times, wasting all of their continues in the process?...hmm, i'm going off base, I digress.

    Also if passed this can only be the beginning, this could potentially open the flood gates for more video game lawsuits, that will suceed..all we need is another disgruntled teenager who loves GTA walking into his/her school with a gun..it's only going to escalate

    Posted: November 3, 2010 8:09 PM
  • Jayson619

    What time is it there now? As of this writing it is 0926hrs (GMT +0800) at my home. Did they say there'll be a result soon?

    Posted: November 3, 2010 6:27 PM
  • achillez77

    Did Mr. Yee and Adam coordinate their outfits on purpose?

    Posted: November 3, 2010 5:11 PM
  • gl3bm

    Set someone on fire and urinate on them. WTF is he playing?

    Posted: November 3, 2010 3:58 PM
  • magneticmetroid

    You can't press a button on your joystick. jst saying

    Posted: November 3, 2010 2:55 PM