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Proposal States ESRB Must Play Games in Entirety
8:06 AM | Eddie Park | 34 comments

The latest bit of game legistlation news currently making the rounds concerns a proposal made concerning requirements that must be met by the ESRB in order to properly rate a game. Put forth by Senator Sam Brownback, who has championed similar legislation in the past, the new bill proposes that ESRB members must play through games in their entirety before offering a rating.

A quote from GamePolitics offers the follwing:

"The current video game ratings system needs improvement," Brownback said, "because reviewers do not see the full content of games and donít even play the games they are supposed to rate. For video game ratings to be meaningful and worthy of a parentís trust, the game ratings must be more objective and accurate."
Interestingly enough, the gamer community seems to be split on this particular issue. Some gamers support the bill, citing the fact that the ESRB is currently not required to even play games to rate them. Other gamers, however, point out the unrealistic wording of the bill, and cite examples such as MMOs, games without endings, and games with downloadable content as not fitting cleanly into such a scenario.

According to the article at GamePolitics, the bill also seeks to evaluate current systems involving movies and TV as well as games.

GamePolitics - Brownback Proposes Game Ratings Bill in Senate


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