Illinois Governor proposing game regulation

Governor Rod Blagojevich seeks law to punish those who sell violent and sexually explicit games to minors.

It's as if the Governor of Illinois never heard of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. In a move that would give teeth to what many are saying is ineffectual and inconsistent ESRB ratings, Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois hopes to persuade his legislature to enact laws making it a crime to distribute, sell, rent, or otherwise make available violent and sexually explicit video games to children younger than 18.

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) is the trade organization that determines the rating a game gets, which in turn suggests its appropriateness for different age groups. In a statement released this morning, the governor said his goal was to help parents who "face unprecedented challenges in monitoring and protecting their children from harmful influences."

News source: GameSpot

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