A parents’ group cites a recent Zogby poll to back up its claim that adults are firmly against the sale of ultra-violent video games to minors.
Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, said a poll of 2100 adults showed that 65 percent of parents are "concerned about the impact of ultra-violent video games on their kids" and 75 percent of parents have a negative view of what the games industry is doing to safeguard minors from violent games, according to an article in Gamasutra.
The group’s conclusion is that 72 percent of parents support California’s violent video game legislation, which is coming up for consideration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to Common Sense Media CEO James Steyer:
"What we’ve learned from this poll is that parents want to be the ones who decide which games their kids play, not the video game industry.
Hal Halpin, head of the Entertainment Consumer Association, said:
"Given the source, I’m thoroughly unsurprised by the results of Common Sense Media’s poll. The bias is self-evident. What they learned from their poll was that parents want to be the ones who decide which games their kids play… That is exactly the position of the industry. With the FTC findings, it’s clear that we don’t need government in that mix. Parents can and should make the determination, not the State."
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