A recent bill to label violent video games content was signed on Tuesday, June 22 by New York Governor David Paterson. This bill includes three new measures:
- It establishes an advisory council to study “the connection between interactive media and real-life violence in minors exposed to such media”
- It requires new video game consoles to have parental lockout features by 2010
- It requires retailers to disclose the ratings issued by the gaming industry’s rating system
Advocates hope that the new label regulation will provide information and educate consumers to help them make better choices for their children.
In a recent interview (see below) about this controversial issue, CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, noted that the current rating system falls short of disclosing
the actual content of video games. He encourages lawmakers to make use of social science research on the cognitive effects of video games when they revise the rating system.