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The first bill, in an attempt to tighten regulations governing the video game industry, has been introduced to the floor of the House of Representatives earlier this week by Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT). The bill is known as H.R. 287 or the Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act and this is basically what it boils down to:

1) To ship, distribute, sell or rent games that have not been rated by the ESRB would be deemed illegal.

2) Retailers would be required to display ESRB ratings chart so parents can easily see how the games are ranked and what is age appropriate for their children.

3) If you try to sell, or actually sell, an “Adults Only” or “Mature” game to a minor, you can face a fine of up to $5,000 USD.

Now this piece of legislation may not sound bad, but it seems like this is a little premature. This is basically criminalizing video games before anything can be proven one way or the other. Let us know what you think below, is this legislation fair?

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  • DorkSlayer

    I wonder who owns the ESRB …….

  • To me it seems to governments attempt at regulating supplements  The FDA does not have the time so nothing is regulated.  .

    Does the ESRB have the time to rate every game?  For games that are rated I am okay with raising fines and making ID is checked.  We have similar scales for movies and laws resulting in letting kids get into R rated movies.

  • Gary Riccio

    Right, the big problem here is the rating, who does it, and whether it is based on any science whatsoever let alone scientific consensus.