California Senator tells gamers to 'quiet down'

California Senator tells gamers to 'quiet down'
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

January 28th 2013 at 5:58AM

Author of failed games legislation says industry lacks credibility in violence debate

Yet another US legislator has spoken out against the games industry as driven by a "lust for money" and saying its customers were driven by a "lust for violence".

The politician is Leland Yee, California Senator and author of the games legislation famously struck down by the Supreme Court in Schwarzenegger Vs. EMA.

The country has entered into an intense dialogue surrounding the role video games and other violent media play in shootings such as those in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado.

"Gamers have got to just quiet down," Yee told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest."

The industry is facing pressure both from advocacy groups and politicians, as a bill from West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller calling for research into the effects of violent games on children has been reintroduced to Congress after expiring with the previous session in December.

President Obama has also asked for more research into the subject.

Vice President Joe Biden has met with industry leaders who with one exception endorsed further research.

Games were absent from his recommendations to the White House for reducing gun control.