Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

June 28, 2011 -

California Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto, CA) has unsuccessfully sought controls on violent videogames in the past, so it should come as no surprise that he is "disappointed" and shocked at the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the Ninth Circuit Court ruling on Brown v. EMA.

"I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar video game industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors," Baca wrote in a statement issued Monday.

"Unfortunately, the industry is still not doing enough to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of many games," Baca said, ignoring the ESRB and the latest Federal Trade Commission report that said that the videogame industry had the best record when it came to keeping mature rated content out of the hands of children.

"I continue to sponsor and advocate for legislation in the House of Representatives that would mandate all video games with a rating of 'Teen' or higher be sold with a cigarette style warning label, citing the health risks of excessive exposure to violent media."

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Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

'"Unfortunately, the industry is still not doing enough to provide parents with accurate information regarding the content of many games," Baca said'

Baka is a good name.

He should really change his stance to be one of letting gamers apply settings in their OS or favorite DRM solution (Steam) that developers of games then use to apply changes to the games they play.  Because he will simply lose repeatedly.  More features in games creates a richer experience AND would satisfy his complaints at the exact same time.  Plus, such features as a profanity slider would be very easy to implement AND would potentially reduce the ESRB rating for the game (or allow a single game to carry multiple ESRB ratings), which directly translates to MORE MONEY.  Everyone wins!  The senator would win (moralistic complaints resolved), the gaming industry would win (more money), and you and I would win (more fun).

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Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Nobody cares what you Wookiees think. You live on Endor, you make less sense.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

"...be sold with a cigarette style warning label, citing the health risks of excessive exposure to violent media."

WARNING: THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THE CONTENT OF THIS VIOLENT GAME IS OFFERED WITHOUT PRACTICAL EVIDENCE AND WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING OF ITS EFFECTS, POSSIBLY EVEN LYING TO MAKE YOU THINK YOU'RE BEING PROTECTED. PLEASE REFER TO THE ESRB FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CONTENT OF THIS GAME AS IT WILL PROVIDE A BETTER METHOD OF DETERMINING IF THIS GAME IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR CHILD.

I think that about covers it.

-Greevar

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Re:Congressman Baca Goes Off Rails Whining About SCOTUS Decision

Baca lives up to the Japanese meaning of his name, as the SCOTUS decision essentially guarantees his piece of shit bill is automatically unconstitutional.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra. Hell will stay frozen over for quite a while since the Saints won the Super Bowl.

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: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Baka Baca.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

I was gonna say, at leasy his name is right.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Seeing the warning label thing for T rated games, I thought "Baca, don't be a baka!".  But the OP here beat me to saying it

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

I believe the grammaticly correct way to express what we are feeling is "Baca no baka"!

 

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

This is a delightfully shitty week for both Rebublicans and Democrats.  Gay marriage in NY pissing off Repubs. Blagojevich and this SCOTUS decision are losses for Dems.  When both parties lose, we all win. 

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

To be fair, all sides of the political spectrum were against videogames...  You can't tell me that Jack Thompson or the Eagle Forum are liberal... The attack on videogames is bi-partisan.  

They're an easy target for the old foggies in politics to point the finger at since the only people who like them/care about them are "those darn youngins".  And we all know young people don't vote.

So I wouldn't bring left or right into this, I'd say it has more to do with being old.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Plus a cheap way to seem like they're doing something without actually doing anything.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

I suppose we can at least take solace in the fact that, in ten years time these people's names will be cemented in history for all the reasons they didn't want them to be. They'll be viewed in much the same manner as the 'Rock and Roll is the devils music!' crowd of 50+ years ago.

Not the legacy they would have chosen, perhaps, but possibly the one they deserve.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

In ten years, nobody will even remember them at all.

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-Greevar

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Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Unfortunately, the industry isn't doing enough...

Let's see, retailers 80% effective at preventing M-rated sales to minors, parental controls on all systems, content warnings on all ESRB labels...

WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?!

Oh...bribes! That's right. We're not paying you enough.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the most overturned court in the United States of America. Little what they do to makes sense but seeing how they push Liberal and Progressive views I doubt we will see anyone here or other blogs call for those Judges to be removed.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Just don't tell that to places like Free Republic or Eagle Forum.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Agreed with the rest of you. If this dumbass would just say "violent media" and then take issue with books, movies, and video games equally I might understand his vitroil. I don;t agree but I could at least understand it. But since he only called out video games we can label him the unconstitutional idiot that he is.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

I want people to call Congressman Baca and continually ask him why he has no faith in the FTC.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

"I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar music/movie/television industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors"

 

Well Senator, as soon as you start enacting laws to limit the sale of violence and sex to minors across all forms of entertainment, THEN you can complain when the SCOTUS shoots one of them down.  Until then, what is good for the goose (movies, music, tv etc) is good for the gander (video games).

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

You have the saying wrong. In this case it is "What's good for the gander (music movies tv books etc) is not good for the goose (video games)"

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Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

What does the ESRB have to do?  If you want to find why a game got  its rating all you have to flip the case over.  ITs all there in black and white lettering.  Meanwhile the only indication of a movie's rating is typical found on the back in small hard to read grey lettering.  Why is it that video games are the only ones being attacked for not being perfect.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

Because old people hate new things.

It's depressing how simple that is, but entirely true.  Just look back through history.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Here are we -- and yonder yawns the universe.

Re: Congressman Joe Baca Rails Against SCOTUS Decision

""I am disappointed the multi-billion dollar video game industry will continue to go unchecked in its ability to profit from selling heinous depictions of violence and sex to minors," Baca wrote in a statement issued Monday."

And I continue to be disappointed that politicians, journalists (in general), and other such individuals who routinely rely on public statements to "inform" one another as well as the general public are not legally bound by the oath of "To Tell The Truth, The WHOLE Truth, And Nothing But The Truth".

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