According to a new report, 1-SAGIP Party-List Rep. and House Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Rodante Marcoleta, from the Philippines, has stepped forward to “warn” the public that kids or teenagers that happen to play “risk-glorifying, character-based video games” meant for mature audiences may act “aggressively,” indulge in “drinking alcohol,” pick up “smoking cigarettes,” and even going as far as having “unprotected sex.” This is all a claim by a study that Marcoleta filed as House Resolution No. 342 proposing a congressional inquiry.
Social Amelioration & Genuine Intervention on Poverty stands for SAGIP, which Marcoleta represents 1-SAGIP and is a member of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan or the Philippine Democratic Party–People’s Power — often abbreviated as PDP-Laban.
And like any politician, Marcoleta wants a hand in the games industry and believes a study “reveals” the adverse effects of allowing minors to play M-rated video games for mature audiences.
Website mb.com relays that House Resolution No. 342 directs the House Committee on Welfare of Children — chaired by Tingog Sinirangan Partylist Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez — to conduct the legislative investigation.
The publication site highlights how Marcoleta cites a study conducted by researchers headed by Jay Hull — a social-psychologist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire — that believes children below 18 shouldn’t have access to mature-rated games. Here’s what Marcoleta had to say:
“They [the children] were associated with changes in a wide range of high behaviors.
The Committee on Welfare of Children should prescribe countermeasures in order to curb, if not discourage youngsters from engaging in such character-based video games.”
Marcoleta continued and noted that character-based games allow children to become something dangerous despite every PC and console on the market sporting parental controls:
“[These character-based games] let people practice being someone else and practicing at being a character who is an anti-social deviant may have broad behavioral consequences on kids.”
The games that fall under the category of “character-based games” consist of Sniper Elite, Bulletstorm, Conan Exiles, and Dark Souls.
Although controls and ratings are already in place to stop children from walking into stores or going on a digital storefront to buy games out of their age range, Marcoleta wants more control over the current system due to the following reasons listed by website mb.com:
“He noted that the study “suggests” that game players may develop the behavior of deviant game characters and may likely act “in a host of dangerous ways, not just in specific ways enacted in the games.””
As of now, it’s unclear if legislative investigation work will go through regarding House Resolution No. 342.