44 Hous. L. Rev. 401 (2007-2008)
It's All Fun and Games until Someone Gets Hurt: The Effectiveness of Proposed Video-Game Legislation on Reducing Violence in Children

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IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE
GETS HURT: THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
PROPOSED VIDEO-GAME LEGISLATION ON
REDUCING VIOLENCE IN CHILDREN*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.   INTRODUCTION     ..................................................................... 402
II. A HISTORY OF THE VIDEO-GAME CONTROVERSY .................. 405
III. THE EVIDENCE CONCERNING A CAUSAL LINK BETWEEN
VIDEO GAMES AND VIOLENCE IN CHILDREN ......................... 410
A.   Evidence Supporting a Causal Link Between
Video Games and Violence in Children ........................ 410
B.   Evidence Supporting No Causal Link Between
Video Games and Violence in Children ........................ 413
C.   Weighing and Interpreting the Conflicting
E vidence  ........................................................................ 417
IV. THE IMPACT OF THE VIOLENT VIDEO GAME ACT .................. 418
A. The Current Regulatory Scheme for Video
Gam  es-  The ESRB    ....................................................... 418
1.   An Overview of the ESRB ...................................... 419
*  This Comment received the Jackson Walker, LLP Award for the outstanding
paper in the area of media law. First, I would like to humbly thank my wife, Shannon, for
her unwavering support and constant motivation during the writing of this Comment and
throughout the entire law school process. Thanks also go to my family for providing me
the tools necessary to author this Comment-Nintendos, Segas, PlayStations and
computers. Special thanks to my dad, David, for proving to me that playing Zelda, indeed,
makes you cool. Lastly, I would very much like to send my gratitude to the Houston Law
Review and their editors for their invaluable work on this Comment.

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