Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

March 19, 2013 -

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) pounced on a New York Daily News report published on Monday about the investigation into Sandy Hook Elementary school shooter Adam Lanza. Rockefeller, who has long been a critic of video games has been pushing for a study on the impact of violent video games on children, said that most of the popular titles played in America contain “often obscene levels of violence."

Rockefeller also hinted that it might be time for something the government enjoys doing - some good old fashioned censorship:

"In today’s world, where kids can access content across a variety of devices often without parental supervision, it is unrealistic to assume that overworked and stressed parents can prevent their kids from viewing inappropriate content,” Rockefeller said Monday - according to a New York Daily News report. "The only real solution is for the entertainment industry to reduce the often obscene levels of violence in the products they sell."

The paper published a report on Monday saying that Adam Lanza had a gigantic spread sheet with data on past mass shootings and the anonymous source the paper tapped claimed it was more like a "score sheet" because the shooter was an "enraged gamer."

Of course Rockefeller, a long-time critic of the video game industry isn't just making a "polite" suggestion here. He's talking about how lawmakers can find ways to make the industry change the games they make through legislation.

Source: NYDN by way of PHX Corp.

 


Comments

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

Again this guy was a fossil during the Clinton years, how does he keep getting reelected?

People over 65 have no business running for elected office.

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

Did this guy not get the memo about the SCOTUS decision?  I really can't see how he can do and end-run around that and the First Amendment and make it legal.  Unless he knows a way that we don't.

Hopefully he'll retire in 2014 before he can set any sort of plans in motion.  Doesn't sound like his bill for research studies got much traction, as there's been no further news about it.

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

"Rockefeller... said that most of the popular titles played in America contain 'often obscene levels of violence.'"

In 2011, 8 of the top 20 best selling console games were rated M.  How many would you consider to contain "obscene levels of violence"? (The number preceding each title is its sales ranking.)

  • 1. CoD: Modern Warfare 3
  • 4. Skyrim
  • 5. Battlefield 3
  • 6. Cod: Black Ops
  • 8. Gears of War 3
  • 10. Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • 17. Mortal Kombat
  • 20. L.A. Noire

Only 4 of the top 20 best selling computer games of 2011 were rated M.

  • 2. Skyrim
  • 6. Battlefield 3
  • 12. Dragon Age 2
  • 20. CoD: Modern Warfare 3

Best selling genre for consoles that year?  Action (19%) followed by Shooter (18.4%), Sports (14.8%) and Family Entertainment (11%).

Best selling genre for computers that year?  Strategy (27.6%) followed by Role-Playing (21.1%), Casual (20.6%) and Shooter (13%).

Of all the games sold in 2011, 26.5% were rated M.  55.9% were rated E or E10+.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

"it is unrealistic to assume that overworked and stressed parents can prevent their kids from viewing inappropriate content"

Maybe go work on the issues like the financial stability of our country that causes these poor parents to be overworked and stressed.

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

Too bad for Joke Rockajabroni that the US Supreme Court already said that "violent" content in the media is protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be considered "obscene" material.

Good thing that assclown is retiring at the end of 2014.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

I'm tired of commenting on people like this guy. Jay Rockefeller, Jack Wolf, Jack Thompson, ect ect. Its about time we did something. I want my congressmen to respect the 1st Amendment. 

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

I'd also like them to respect the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and Section 1 of the 14th.

- Left4Dead Why are zombies always eating brains? I want to see zombies that eat toes for a living. Undead-related pun intended.

Re: Sen. Jay Rockefeller Responds to New York Daily News Report

"In today’s world, where kids can access content across a variety of devices often without parental supervision, it is unrealistic to assume that overworked and stressed parents can prevent their kids from viewing inappropriate content,”

 

They have these things called parental controls you moron. If they can't take 5 minutes to program those then maybe they should have their children taken away to help them with their overworked and stress-filled lives. Apparently, it's too unrealistic to expect parents to do their fucking jobs.

 
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