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Thursday, August 19, 2004
 
California Games Rating Bill Passes Senate
8:57 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

In a bit of interesting games legislation, Gamesindustry.biz has noted that bill AB 1793 has been passed by the Californian Senate, and now only needs an endorsement by Governor Arnold Schwarznegger in order to made into an official state law.

The bill states that video game retailers must clearly display game ratings, and that clear information on the ratings system be made readily available to consumers.

GI also notes that Democrat assembly member Leland Yee, a vocal proponent of video game regulation, has tried to portray the bill's progress as an uphill struggle, though GI has a different point of view:

Although Yee, in another bit of political point-scoring, presents the passing of the bill as a tooth and nail struggle against the videogame industry, the actual provisions of the document seem eminently sensible, and it would be hard to find many people in the industry who disagree with the assertion that parents need to become more aware of the content of videogames.
GI also makes note of Schwarznegger's own involvement in the games industry, having starred in a few games himself. More details on the bill can be found at GI's story.

GI - Game ratings bill passed by Californian senate


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