Senator Leland Yee Believes Video Game Industry Profits at Kids’ Expense

Most gamers desire to be respected by decision makers

By Andrei Dumitrescu on January 28th, 2013 22:41 GMT

California state senator Leland Yee has recently been quoted as saying that he does not believe gamers should have a voice in the debate around the way violent titles are influencing real-world behavior because they are self-serving and desensitized.

Via his official Twitter, the politician is issuing an apology of sorts, stating, “I have a lot of respect for many gamers - many are on my staff and in my family - but the industry has profited at the expense of children.”

Yee has tried to ban violent video games from being sold to children but his law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

At the moment, legislation has been initiated to tax violent video games and President Obama has issued an executive order to encourage more research on the link between violent media and actual behavior.
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