State Sen. Leland Yee says gory games are particularly harmful to children and the purchase of them should be restricted to
adults, just like pornography.
PTC Urges Supreme Court to Empower Parents and Protect Children by Upholding California Violent Video Game Law
The Parents Television Council™ praised the U.S. Supreme Court for taking on violent video games and urged
the Court to uphold a California law that was designed simply to provide meaningful consequences for retailers who
rent and sell violent games to underage kids.
Study: Violent Video Game Play Makes More Aggressive Kids
Iowa State University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Craig Anderson has made much of his life's work
studying how violent video game play affects youth behavior. And he says a new study he led, analyzing 130 research
reports on more than 130,000 subjects worldwide, proves conclusively that exposure to violent video games makes
more aggressive, less caring kids -- regardless of their age, sex or culture.
PTC Calls on Rhode Island Legislature to Pass Bill to Prevent Adult Video Games from Being Sold to Minors
The Parents Television Council™ urged the Rhode Island legislature to pass legislation (S. 2156) to prevent
retailers from selling or renting M-rated or AO-rated adult video games to minors in the state.
PTC to Target: Stop Selling Video Games, DVDs with Adult Content to Minors
At the Target Corporation annual shareholders meeting in Waukesha, Wis., the Parents Television Council™
called the company out for selling M-rated video games and unrated DVDs to minors. During a secret shopper
campaign, PTC found that underage children could purchase M-rated video games from Target 41% of the time. PTC
called on the company to take necessary steps to address the problem which is of great concern to parents.
PTC Applauds Appeal of Ruling Overturning CA Adult Video Game Law
The Parents Television Council™ applauds the State of California’s decision to appeal the Ninth Circuit
Federal Court ruling that struck down a California law designed to prevent the sale of adult video games to minors
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
PTC Calls for Appeal of 9th Circuit Court Ruling Overturning CA Violent Video Game Law
In response to the Ninth Circuit Federal Court ruling that struck down a California law designed to prevent the sale of
adult video games to minors, the Parents Television Council™ has called on its members to voice their support for CA
State Sen. Leland Yee’s call for the decision to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A Sad Reminder of the Influence of Video Games
by Rod Gustafson
Here in Canada where I live, a story began unfolding on Canada's Thanksgiving Day weekend on October 12, 2008.
In the province of Ontario, 15-year-old Brandon Crisp was handed the ultimate judgment from his frustrated and loving
father when his treasured Xbox was taken away. It seems Brandon had become totally immersed in playing a particular game --Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare -- during which he interacted with other on-line players over the Internet.
PTC Finds Video Game Retailers Fail to Check Minors’ IDs
Secret Shopper Campaign Reveals Need for Video Game Legislation Introduced Today in Congress
The Parents Television Council released the results of its Secret Shopper Campaign, which revealed that video game
retailers sold Mature-rated video games to minors 36% of the time, a higher percentage than was reported in May 2008 by the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC)*. The campaign results show the need for video game legislation that will hold retailers
accountable like the bill introduced today by Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).
to read the full results.
Families Back On Video Game Radar
by Rod Gustafson
The Nintendo Wii has become a sort of modern day David and Goliath adventure. Nintendo, with its aging GameCube system, was
being overshadowed by glitzier offerings from Sony and Microsoft when they respectively introduced their PlayStation II and
Xbox units. A few years passed, and Nintendo made the choice to forgo more pixels and faster computer chips in exchange for
a sleek new design and a commitment to a whole new way of controlling a video game. They also had a stable of
family-oriented characters to draw upon in creating new titles.
The outcome has written a new page in marketing history, as the struggling company has found itself firmly back in the
"game," so to speak. The challenge has also sparked a litany of news stories showcasing Wii-love-fests with images of
typically non-gaming demographics, like senior citizens, waving around Wii controllers and lobbing virtual tennis balls.
PTC Commends Responsible Video Game Retailers
Progress Is Good, But Too Many Still Fail to Help Keep Mature Games from Kids
The Parents Television Council commended the select few video game retailers who have gone above and beyond the
“retailer accountability” suggestions outlined by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to keep video
games that are created for mature and adult audiences out of the hands of kids. However, following the release of an
undercover shopper report by the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC), PTC contends the status quo is still unacceptable.
PTC Applauds Video Game Bill Requiring Increased Accountability for Adult Game Sales
The Parents Television Council praised the leadership of Congressman Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE)
and their commitment to increased retailer accountability for adult video game sales. At a news conference today, the
Congressmen unveiled a bipartisan bill that would require retailers to check identification for all customers wishing to
purchase a video game rated M for “Mature” or AO for “Adults-Only.”
Video Game Industry Seeks to Buy Influence in Congress
PTC Warns Congress to Put Families First, Not Industry’s Interests
“The video game industry continues to fight meaningful accountability for selling inappropriate material to children.
the industry has been exposed repeatedly for its reprehensible behavior and now they are looking for ways to buy friends in
the government,” said PTC President Tim Winter.
Scientists explore how violent video games are exemplary aggression teachers
Like other fathers and sons, Douglas Gentile and his father have spent many hours arguing about video games. What makes
them different is that Douglas, an Iowa State University assistant professor of psychology, is one of the country's top
researchers on the effects of media on children. His father, J. Ronald Gentile, is a leading researcher on effective
teaching and a distinguished teaching professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Buffalo, State
University of New York.