Senator Reintroduces Truth in Video Games Rating Act

Kansas Republican Senator, Sam Brownback, has reintroduced the Truth in Video Game Rating Act (originally filed August 4, 2006) which ensures that video game rating companies play any game all the way through before assigning it a rating. As well, the act prohibits developers from withholding any content from the game from raters and punishes rating companies that do not follow through with thorough inspections. Currently, video game raters watch a video composed of short clips taken from different parts of the video game and according to Brown, the fact that some tapes do not adequately represent the games content creates an issue."Game reviewers must have access to the entire game for their ratings to accurately reflect a game's content."

The bill also commissions a Government Accountability Office study to determine if the Entertainment Software Rating Board's system is efficient and whether the Board could be controlled by outside parties with no financial interest. The study would also review the rating system on other entertainment such as television and movies. The Entertainment Software Association is strongly opposing the proposed bill. Company President, Doug Lowenstein, commented that some video games would be too long and would require professional gamers with skills necessary to play through games, not to mention that many games have an indefinite end. Similar bills have never made it to vote.

News source: DailyTech

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To tell you the truth I find this to be a refreshing change from the usual self-serving mindlessness that goes on in the U.S. Government. Although, keep in mind that this man is running for President in 2008 and this probably is just a move to try to appeal to his conservative base.

I was going to make a huge, insightful comment about how, with all the troubles in the world, people are concentrating on computer games, when really we need better medical care, world peace, and people who care for each other.

Then I read a bit more about the guy and thought, nah, I'll just post "What an ass."

I wonder how they'll "play all the way through" a game like World of Warcraft, which doesn't really have an end to it.

Or a game which has a large numbers of possiblities. Like those that let you select what you want to say. Someone playing the game to rate it could miss it. Ah well, the whole idea of rating video games is pointless, it just causes minor hassle for tenagers under 17 who want to buy video games, and only in certain stores, in certain countries, with certain questionable laws.

i say ESRB is a fake and we should get some votes to ban this organization, but then again, i do not care about rating i just get the game and play it with full satisfaction ...

people should realize randomly generated pixels do not kill, guns kill and guns are operated by humans that are sick oh and btw, they do not get sick by watching pixels ... get a shrink for crying out loud i do not need some random guy to tell me what i can and cannot watch and free will and freedom of speech should be fully implemented

Edit: dont like it don buy it, is simple
dont like it dont watch it, is simple

Pixels are in videos. So do they have an effect on people? People can go insane through the correct implimentation of videos.

zeta_immersion said,
guns kill

In my 28 years of living on this earth, I have yet to see a gun load itself, point itself at someone, and fire its projectile at someone.

Fanon said,

In my 28 years of living on this earth, I have yet to see a gun load itself, point itself at someone, and fire its projectile at someone.

I bet you haven't seen someone without a gun shoot someone, either.

how many cases are there where games are given too low a rating? i cant think of any games off the top of my head that did not get the rating they deserved.

there is the one isolated case in GTA where, due to a game hack, the ESRB deemed it should be re-rated at adult. however, that was bogus anyway.

if anything i would expect most companies would strive for the M rating in an attempt to lure gamers with the violence, foul language and sexually suggestive themes we all know and love. hell, its not like parents limit what games their kids play anyway.

why dont you pass a bill that requires retailers that sell games to card their customers?

Sounds like this bill introduces government-mandated gamers. Someone has to get hired to play these games all the way through, as watching a brief video clip won't do.

Probably a dream job for a lot of people on Neowin! :P

markjensen said,
Sounds like this bill introduces government-mandated gamers. Someone has to get hired to play these games all the way through, as watching a brief video clip won't do.

Probably a dream job for a lot of people on Neowin! :P

yea until they make you play through "Barbie's Pony Parade 7" right after you just finished "Elmo's Counting Adventure"