Congresswoman Urges Game Publishers to Take Video Game Report Card Recommendations to Heart

December 8, 2007 -

A Minnesota Congresswoman has thrown her support behind the Annual Video Game Report Card issued this week by Dr. David Walsh and the National Institute on Media and the Family. 

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) stood with Walsh on Tuesday while the NIMF executive director introduced this year's Report Card to the media. Also on hand were Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Betty Klobuchar (D-MN).

Speaking of the NIMF effort, McCollum said:
 

The gaming industry has clearly failed to learn its lesson here: The pattern of inappropriate content hidden in Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt is a violation of parents’ and families’ trust.


 

The first step to controlling inappropriate content is for the industry to earn that trust back.


 

To convince us they’re serious about protecting our kids from age-inappropriate content, the gaming industry should quickly embrace this Report Card’s recommendations to adopt a clearer, more universal ratings system, to always disclose content unsuitable for children, and to never market clearly adult games to younger audiences – either overtly or through hidden content revealed in convenient online "leaks."


McCollum, who parried with ESRB president Patricia Vance at NIMF's 2006 Video Game Summit, also announced this week that she will co-sponsor the Video Game Violence and Sexual Content Act of 2007. That bill, introduced by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) in July, would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report to Congress on the effectiveness of the ESRB content rating system.

Rep. McCollum's full remarks here.


Comments

What was the hidden content in Manhunt 2?

Stupid politicians are far more harmful to our children's development than any violent videogame ever will be. Too bad there are too damned many of them (stupid politicians).

no one want's to read all of this. Dah

[...] While some politicians such as Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum have thrown their support behind NIMF’s conclusions, the sentiment is definitely not shared by all. Not only has the ESRB and the Entertainment Merchants Association taken issue with the report, some in the know parents aren’t too thrilled with it either. [...]

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