Video Game Decency Act returns

The Video Game Decency Act of 2006 was one of a handful of pieces of proposed federal legislation that failed to get traction in Congress last year. The legislator behind the Video Game Decency Act is taking a second crack at the idea by resubmitting a functionally identical version of the bill to Congress. Michigan congressman Fred Upton has introduced the Video Game Decency Act of 2007 to the House of Representatives, where it was quickly referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill aims to criminalize any attempt to obtain a less-restrictive age-related rating on a game by failing to disclose the game's true contents to the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

The original bill was introduced in the wake of a pair of high-profile game re-ratings (San Andreas and Oblivion) after the discovery that third-party software allowed sex-themed "features" in the game. If objectionable content is not disclosed, the ESRB revealed it has the power to fine companies as much as $1 million or refuse to rate their games at all, effectively preventing their games from being carried by major U.S. retailers.

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"The original bill was introduced in the wake of a pair of high-profile game re-ratings (San Andreas and Oblivion) after the discovery that third-party software allowed sex-themed “features” in the game."

wtf.....you can do that to any game out there. yay lets make 90% all games rated M

how stupid

if a kid knows how to download a third-party software, then he's gana know what it does. and if it's to apply a sex theme to the game, then he already knows a hell of a lot about sex from the internet already and won't see anything new or traumatizing

download porn is way easier than finding a patch to crack your game and make your toons naked

There was only a handful of games that will even do this and the ones that this happen with had much more stuff in it that was already listed to make it a mature rated game. Again I still say this whole thing needs to fall on parenting. Everyone keeps saying it influences kids when it is simply not true, it is the lack of parents stepping in and telling your kids what is real or fantasy and right and wrong is why kids do what they do. Kids that do get the right parental guidance are not the ones gunning down folks, stealing or doing drugs.

THIRD party programs.. hmmmm...


So many of my games need to be rerated then. I can reskin my characters in Counter-Strike to be naked, I can reskin my characters in UT2004 to be naked, I can reskin my Halo characters to be naked, ect.

If a gun maker sells a gun and the buyer kills someone, is it the gun maker's fault?

If objectionable content is not disclosed, the ESRB revealed it has the power to fine companies as much as $1 million or refuse to rate their games at all, effectively preventing their games from being carried by major U.S. retailers.

It's not like getting fined for HAVING the material, just not TELLING anyone about it.

It's basically like selling a CD without putting the "EXPLICIT LYRICS" label on it.

This is why I would never vote for Hillary Clinton. Amongst other numerous reasons.

Just remember that she was one of the people pushing for this legislation originally, along with Senator Lieberman, AKA Senator Palpatine.

I won't vote for anyone who encourages censorship of this type.

I wouldnt say unconstitutional, Its not restricting the content in the game they just need to disclose everything in a game for the ESRB to get a rating.

The bill aims to criminalize any attempt to obtain a less-restrictive age-related rating on a game by failing to disclose the game's true contents to the Entertainment Software Rating Board