Heated Video Game Debate Underway In Washington

Posted: Jun 15 2006, 6:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 5:48pm CDT, in News | Gaming


Heated Video Game Debate Underway In Washington
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The gurus over at Game Politics have been following the recent video game hearings at Capitol Hill. Specifically, the ESRB is being harshly attacked for its rating system. Things like the controversial "Hot Coffee" mod no doubt sparked these overdue investigations on the ESRB.

An independent researcher gave the ESRB a "failing grade" because, she says, of their inadequate rating process. One specific thing mentioned was that the people rating the games do not actually play them. It's up to game developers to send the ratings board a video clip of what they believe is the most graphic, most questionable material.Also brought up was that the FTC apparently does not have the power to levy hefty fines against game publishers for "deceiving" customers about what kind of content is in the game. Specifically, Take-Two and Rockstar were protected from multi-million dollar fines for Hot Coffee.

To me, this is just another one of those political video game investigations that seem to pop up every 5 years or so. There may be some policy changes, such as FTC fining and administrative changes in ESRB ratings, but I don't think we'll get the massive reconstruction in video game laws that most of the politicians on the attacking side of this debate want.

You can get tons of material about these hearings at Game Politics

Report Published by: Mark Raby

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr () is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.




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