They're Coming For Your Games (If you're too young for 'M')

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Wolf Deplores Video Violenece

Gunfire crackles.

The cross hairs of a sniper’s scope target a victim’s head, and a shot is fired.

Pools of blood collect from a woman’s relentless beating.

An attacker guns down a policeman.

For three minutes, a routine congressional hearing stopped for an influential Virginia lawmaker to show video footage from these scenes of maiming, murder and other extreme violence in video games.

“Sniper shots to the head, brutal beatings, bludgeoning of women with golf clubs, point-blank shootings of police officers,” Rep. Frank R. Wolf angrily summed up the excerpts.

It’s “a taste of what many teenagers are seeing every day after school,” Wolf fumed, “And this is just unacceptable.”

Wolf, chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee, urged Federal Trade Commission Chairman Timothy J. Muris to fix his own sights on video-game violence and minors who play the games.

Wolf’s subcommittee has authority over purse strings for the FTC. He brought up video game violence at a hearing on the FTC’s annual budget.

The excerpts that Wolf showed lawmakers came from a longer video prepared by The Lion & Lamb Project, a Maryland-based group that fights marketing of violence to children.

The Interactive Digital Software Association, a trade group for the video and computer game industry, said progress is being made in getting retail stores to enforce the mature rating for minors.

“I completely support anything the FTC wants to do to better educate parents on the existence of video game rating systems,” added Douglas Lowenstein, IDSA president. “Parental education is the most effective way to work this issue.” He defended the current rating system as comprehensive and valuable

and last month he was channeling the spirits of dead confederates.