Video games – and presidential politics?!?

It honestly surprises me that a presidential candidate is choosing this is an important issue to address as he begins his candidacy.  Sure, I’m blogging about games cause they are changing the world – but surely there’s a few other important issues presidential candidates might us to launch a campaign?  Or perhaps is that the point, that he’s staying away from those, umm, other issues?  😀

Also, does this next sentence not demonstrate that this is legislation by people who have no idea what they are legislating?

calls for requiring video game rating organizations to play all games “in their entirety” before issuing labels

Errrrm, in open-ended dynamic games, this is not possible?

Here’s the CNET article:

Senator wants to ban ‘deceptive’ video game ratings

From the article:

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) on Tuesday reintroduced the Truth in Video Game Rating Act, first proposed last September. It calls for requiring video game rating organizations to play all games “in their entirety” before issuing labels and prohibiting game developers from withholding any “hidden” game content from raters. It would also punish ratings groups that “grossly mischaracterize” any game’s content.

“The current video game ratings system is not as accurate as it could be because reviewers do not see the full content of games and do not even play the games they rate,” Brownback, who is expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said in a statement.

The proposed regulations represent another reaction to a high-profile scandal surrounding the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In July 2005, reports surfaced that a readily downloadable modification could unlock sexually explicit scenes in the best-selling game, prompting bipartisan outcry from Capitol Hill and a federal investigation.

The bill’s introduction drew opposition from the Entertainment Software Association, which lobbies for the video game industry. An ESA executive said the group believes the existing rating process is already sufficiently reliable and “remarkably useful” to parents.

“Sen. Brownback’s bill not only attempts to address problems that don’t exist, but his recommendations are unworkable and will not help consumers,” Carolyn Rauch, a senior vice president at ESA, said in an e-mailed statement. “For instance, how does one play a game in its ‘entirety’ when a game has no defined end?”


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