Videogame Industry Fighting Threat of Regulations After Newtown


With the Newtown, Ct,, massacre prompting concern over violent video games, makers of popular games like Call of Duty and Mortal Kombat are rallying congressional support to fend off their biggest regulatory threat in two decades, reports the New York Times. The $60 billion industry is facing intense pressure from critics who say that violent imagery in video games has contributed to a culture of violence.

Vice President Biden met with industry executives on Friday. No clear link has emerged between the Connecticut rampage and the gunman Adam Lanza’s interest in video games. “Connecticut has changed things,” said Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) “I don't know what we're going to do, but we're going to do something.” Industry representatives say video games are a harmless, legally protected diversion already well regulated by the industry itself through ratings that restricting some games to “mature” audiences. “This has been litigated all the way to the Supreme Court,” said Michael Gallagher of the industry's main lobbying arm, citing a 2011 ruling that rejected a California ban on selling violent games to minors on First Amendment grounds.

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