Survey Shows Americans Want Game Laws


A survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation shows that the majority of U.S. citizens believes their government should regulate the sale of violent or mature videogames.

The survey, which involved 1,147 U.S. adults, found that 60 percent felt the sale of violent or mature videogames should be regulated by the government, and 51 percent believed the government should be regulating the actual content of the games. Fifty-four percent of respondents who have children said that children’s behavior is affected by mature content.

Even among gamers surveyed, 44 percent said the government should regulate mature content in games, while 55 percent said the sale of mature games should be legislated by the government.

Joe Paluska, director of Hill & Knowlton, a PR consultancy that commissioned the study, said, “While the game industry is forecast to grow faster than the motion picture and recording industries, gaming still under-punches its cultural influence except when it comes to mature content.”

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