Citing their “potential harmful effects,” California State Senator, and anti-videogame law architect, Leland Yee is advising parents and anyone else buying gifts for kids this holiday season, to avoid purchasing violent videogames.
Yee urged purchasers to retain awareness of marketing and advertising that targets kids, check a game’s age ratings and content descriptors and to become familiar with the game. He warned that if any violent or sexual images appear on a game’s box, or in its title, “you can assume these themes are also in the game."
It was also suggested that shoppers avoid all first and third-person shooters entirely, as they “usually focus on gunning down hundreds of people,” and to avoid games “that reward the player with more points or new scenes for anti-social and violent behavior.”
A list was also offered, culled from “several media sources,” of specific games to steer clear of. The list included Call of Duty: Black Ops, God of War III, Fable III, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, Red Dead Redemption, Army of Two: The 40th Day, Dante's Inferno, and Fallout: New Vegas.
“It is vitally important that parents and grandparents consider the content in video games before making holiday purchases,” added Yee.