Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Video Game regulation???

Don't know how much any of you care about this but there are many attempts going around at the moment for the government to become active in the decision of what video games can and cannot be sold. For example, the state of Illinois is treating games like an illegal substance. The Safe Games Illinois Act, for example, has been put into place and will begin to regulate the industry in 2006. The thing that bothers me the most is that the industry already has the ESRB (Entertainment Softwar Rating Board) that rates games as Mature, for example, to keep parents from allowing children from playing it. The problem is, the state will be doing this now with a different set of standards that will, most likely, make more games rated Mature or Adult Only, meaning stores will not be able to sell these or even carry some titles. The most interesting part to me is that it is mostly Democrats pushing for this legislation...

Anyway, I've got to get to class, just wanted to know if anyone here cared about the issue.

1 comment:

Lefty Metalhead said...

I understand your frustration on this issue. It also surprises me that Democrats are pushing for this legislation. I would expect the GOP to make an attempt at regulating video game habits. However, let us understand that Gov. Blagojevich has been controversial lately, and this video game legislation makes him look good in front of parents.

While I agree that video games should be sold to consumers of the appropriate age, new legislation, which seems to change ESRB rating definitions, isn't the solution. In fact, the problem with young children getting their hands on inappropriate video games rests on enforcement of the current ESRB ratings. Instead of making the video game industry change its ratings scheme, the state should enforce the current restrictions. What good will this new legislation be if enforcement is still shoddy?

Great post dude!