Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

November 23, 2011 -

After losing the mayoral race in San Francisco, California state senator Leland Yee is getting back into the groove.. of targeting violent video games and giving parents advice before they go out shopping for the holidays. The good senator from the San Francisco/San Mateo district issued a press release this morning urging parents not to buy their children violent video games for the holidays.

While we agree with Yee's sentiment that kids shouldn't play games that are inappropriate for them (I.E. games rated "M" for "Mature" by the ESRB), we don't agree with the way he frames his message. Here's an example, from the press release:

"It is vitally important that parents and grandparents consider the content in video games before making holiday purchases," said Yee. "There is significant evidence demonstrating ultra-violent video games have negative effects on children, and can cause real behavioral changes."

The significant evidence he refers to was soundly rejected by the Supreme Court earlier this year after it heard arguments in the landmark case Brown v. the EMA. He goes on to mention the law he pushed for in 2004 that also failed and the dissenting opinion of Justice Stephen Breyer from San Francisco in the aforementioned court case as well.

You can read the whole thing here (which also bears the name of Yee's Chief of Staff, Adam J. Keigwin), but below are his recommendations to parents that plan on buying video games for their children:

• Be aware of advertising and marketing to children. Advertising pressure contributes to impulse buying.

• Check the age ratings and video game descriptors found on the box. Read other reviews, such as www.commonsensemedia.org and www.parentstv.org

• Become familiar with the game.

• If there are violence and sexual themes in the title or cover picture, you can assume these themes are also in the game.

• Avoid “first person shooter” and “third person shooter” games, which usually focus on gunning down hundreds of people.

• Discourage games that reward the player with more points or new scenes for anti-social and violent behavior.

Several media sources urge parents to avoid the following bestselling violent video games – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Assassins Creed: Revelations, Saints Row 3, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, LOTR War in the North, Dark Souls, Dues Ex: Human Revolution, Gears of War 3, Rage, Dead Island, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut, and Resistance 3.

Our advice to parents: use your judgment when buying games for your children, and when in doubt, visit ESRB.org. They also have an app for Apple's various devices as well as Android phones that you can use in your favorite store to get more information in real-time.


Comments

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

The only advice parents need? Don't take advice from Leland Yee.

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

And CHECK THE RATING!

Don't rely on this "violence" judgment. Mario's "violent", cartoonishly so, but nonetheless.

Trust the ESRB, not Leeland Yee!

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

Someone should tell this guy what happened to Jack Thompson before he ends up loosing his mind on this pointless crusade.

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

Maybe Leland Yee should worry about all those toys for young children which contain those toxic plastics in them. Oh wait, Leland Yee voted against a law that would have barred toxic plastics in children's toys meant for really young kids, while bitching about some 14 to 17 year old teenagers in high school playing violent video games because it might warp *cough* bullshit *cough* their pretty little minds.

So much for the "Please think of the children" crap Mr. Hypocrite Yee.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

now that was a first-rate BURN!

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

Oh good a what to buy the kids this year list.

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

How about you parent your own kids instead of worrying about how other parents raise their kids?

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

"...games that reward the player with more points..."

 

And here I thought Yee knew more about games than to use the old "points" argument.

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

The point argument isn't completely invalid-it's not really in-game anymore, but a form of it does exist with trophies/achievements. And they can be for violent actions, like a certain number of consecutive headshots, or reaching a certain body count.

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

I guess that is true, but I'm sure Leland Yee has no idea what the hell achievements are or that they are in video games now. He's still thinking like it's 1993.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment

Re: Leland Yee Offers Holiday Shopping Advice to Parents

He probably does know, but still uses it because alot of brain dead parents out there don't know otherwise.

"No law means no law" - Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black on the First Amendment
 
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