NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Gives Parents an Incomplete

November 25, 2008 -

Mom and Dad forgot to turn an assignment in, apparently.

While lavishly praising the video game industry in its 13th Annual Video Game Report Card, the National Institute on Media and the Family has tagged parents with an "incomplete."

Actually, the "I" grade is NIMF's cutesy way of saying, well, not much, to be honest. Here are the grades along with NIMF's commentary:

ESRB Ratings.... A The addition of ratings summaries is yet another step forward in the growing list of improvements that the ESRB has made in recent years.

ESRB Ratings Education.... We commend the ESRB for intensifying efforts to help parents understand the video game ratings. The ESRB has become the entertainment industry leader in educating retailers and parents about the rating system.

Retailer Ratings Enforcement.... B+  The 80 percent enforcement rate shows significant progress with still some room for improvement.

Gaming Console Manufacturers.... Parental controls, timing devices and parent education efforts are all major
improvements giving parents more tools to supervise game play.

Parental Involvement.... Incomplete  The focus of this year’s report card is providing parents with the information they need. All segments of the industry have made significant improvements in recent years. Parents now have more information and tools than ever before. However, the constant changes present new challenges. Parents need to pay more attention to the amount of time and the types of games their kids play. The parent guide section in this report card is intended to motivate and equip parents to do this.

GP: We can't argue with the grades assigned to the game industry categories by NIMF, and the industry must certainly be pleased. There was a time, and not so long ago, that the ESA and ESRB dreaded this day as NIMF head David Walsh and Sen. Joe Lieberman would step to a Capitol Hill podium and deliver their annual video game beatdown, er, report card.

As to the incomplete for parents, it's meaningless, since NIMF has no way to measure it.

We must also say that the process would be far more coherent if NIMF maintained the same grading categories from year to year. The 2007 version, for example (which was far less complementary to the industry), included grades for "Retailer Policies," (broken down by National, Specialty and Rental) and "The Gaming Industry."

The 2005 version absolutely savaged the industry and included grades for "Ratings Accuracy," "Arcade Survey," and "Industry's 10-year cumulative grade." 

In addition to the grades, the report card contains about 30 pages of material regarding topics such as game addiction and a section on aggression research by Prof. Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University.

Finally, NIMF's unfortunate decision to accept game industry funding clouds their grading effort. Inevitably, there are those who will say that the one-time watchdog has become a lapdog.


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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Gives Parents an

Hey Dennis,

Thanks for Finally Fixing the Typo “Give” in The above Headline, Per my Recommendation

You’re  Welcome!

 

AE: Let's keep the font size reasonable.  Thanks.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Gives Parents an

Thank you Jackie, for being the giant flying dick that we all know and hate, for proving that there are people that should never have been conceived, and most of all, Thank you for proving why people like you, who try to spread fear about a media or art form will NEVER be able to prevail against people willing and able to refute your bullshit, not back down from your empty threats,and get in your face and call you a liar.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Gives Parents an

Why is the first letter in nearly every word of your post capitalized?  You would think that a journalis [sic] such as yourself would hold themselves to a higher standard.  Though you sucked at your last jobt, [sic] and therefore we can't expect you to show any skill in your new one now can we?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

http://www.myspace.com/hermoinefan_420 (and boom goes the dynamite)

 

 

*rocking out to kid rock* i'm just curious what is the officail tally score for how many times gamers have pwned jack??? we at least gotta be up to a few thousand??

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Doesn't matter too much since he once got owned by a fucking fourteen year old. Just one of them counts for a million.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

http://www.myspace.com/hermoinefan_420 (and boom goes the dynamite)

 

 

Lmao Oh Yea i Remember that...GOd that was Freaking Hilarious when that happened...Oh well i'm in the safe at least..Jack wont respond to me or my posts because as he put it once "leave the site and go play with your barbies little girl"

 

I laughed pretty hard when i read that....

 

oh well back to more ashley tisdale and food

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

 Jack, you've been shot down again and again.  Your lies don't stand up when we've got research to knock them down.

 

Do yourself a favor - grow up and get a life.

Mnementh2230, employed and YOU'RE NOT.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

http://www.myspace.com/hermoinefan_420 (and boom goes the dynamite)

 

True but he's jack and therefor believes that anyone and everyone who posts on here are just 10 year old children who are "mad cause our toys will be taken away" as a exact quote...i believe for a while during the live journal days we actully ignored moron boy and well all it did was give him that whole "ha ha you wont respond so i'm right and you are all afraid of me..i'll find out where you live and have you arrested,give me your names address's and phone numbers when you post in my site"....

 

The Fact is the guy is a braindead moron who is still mad cause he was never able to get past gta 3...

 

oh well i gotta go check on hamburger helper and listen to some pop tunes

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

I'd just like to point something out here: Jack Thompson has spent the past 3 fucking years here on GP, hurling insults and responding almost as often. Practically everything that goes on here, he knows about from visiting.

If he'd put that time and effort into doing something, ANYTHING, he'd have been successful in being a hundred times the douchebag that he currently is.

Digest that for a moment, and enjoy.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

@Retrogamer:

I can just imagine Jack as a Wal-Mart greeter. It'd be just like Family Guy's skit with Dick Cheney as a greeter.

As people walk by him, Jack replies: Go f*ck yourself. Go F*ck yourself. Go f*ck yourself. And so on

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

You win the Internet. That was good and kept Jack in-character.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Don't mind Jack, he's just bitter that he's lost his career.

Actually, I note he's no longer responding.  I guess he had to go put his blue vest on for his new job as a Wal-Mart greeter.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Am I reading it wrong, or does it sound like it's saying that it's the industry's fault that parents can't get informed?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Why, all of a sudden, am I having flashbacks to the old F*****company.com forums?

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Odd parents get an Incomplete.

I volunteered at the ECA booth this pass weekend at VGXPO and all the parents that I spoke too know the ERSB ratings and use them. One even flat out told me she looks over every game her son plays and if it doesn't meet approval it doesn't get in the house. I would say parents should be getting a B or higher, granted my sample size is small and bias.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

While I'm sure you're telling the truth, your sample was from a gamer-oriented convention. The parents that go to that thing are a lot more savvy. While I do believe there are awesome parents who do this, I still think that there are more parents who don't and they're the ones who need to change and take a more active role.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

@AE, EZK, and D-Mc:

I know ya'll don't abide playing the dozens, but if Jack can bring EZK's wife into the mix, can I take a few shots at Patricia and John Daniel? And his Mama? I've got some good ones.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

I'd prefer you didn't.  Let's keep it civil and on topic.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

A brother can't have no fun 'round here. I'm off to Jaablog where a good "Your Mama . . . " joke is appreciated. I'm out. See ya.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Fun and jokes aside, though, if he'd done me like he did EZK, I'd would have snapped on him the likes of which ain't never been seen around these parts. And gladly taken the ban, thereafter. 

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

To be honest, after his Mother's Day public letter, I thought about doing one of my own, a rather unexpected one, but I decided against it. 

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

I've been trying to display my sympathy for Patricia and John Daniel (That's his name?), coupled with indirect advice in case they read these articles, but each time it gets snipped and replaced with a request to keep the family out of it.

*facepalm* (Happy now SounDemon?)

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Will someone just do the humane thing and send Jack to Hell already? The inbred savage has made it perfectly clear that it will only be satisfied if everyone around it is either senselessly murdered or brainwashed into blindly accepting its pro-child abuse bullshit as the "one truth" or some retarded gibberish like that.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

http://www.myspace.com/hermoinefan_420 (and boom goes the dynamite)

 

 

its the real jack his insults are the usual "ha ha i'm right and all you children are wrong"...Btw havent we been children to him for what 3 years or so now???? 

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Really? He's gone far lower before, at least in my experience. This is what passes for "tame" as far as Jack's internet persona goes.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

You are right. This is rather tame by JT standards. He has yet to make "figurative" death threats or spam his filings and letters.

E. Zachary Knight
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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Phht! Filings! EZK, count how many he's made since he was disbarred; I could probably do it on one hand....

Although, knowing that, it kinda makes me pine for the good ol' days....*long sigh*

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Oh come on you were happy to see him disbarred just like the rest of us. Oh and I do remember him not being able to spam court filings without getting the approval of another lawyer so yeah.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Yeah, of course I was happy. I just kinda miss reading his numerous court filings: they made me feel better about myself. Like reading Chicken Soup for the Soul, but instead of numerous heart-felt stories, the book's full of failed vitriol.

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

@Monolith:

I take it you've never encountered Jack on the internet before? If not, here's the skinny: He puts on what passes for a mediocre act as a half-decent guy when the camera's on Fox News, CNN, etc are rolling, but when he thinks he can get away with it, he becomes the nastiest, most offensive internet troll you could ever encounter. And that's saying something.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

I've never seen him get this petty before. Even on here. That's what makes me think this is a fake JT.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

He's been getting worse and worse ever since his Bar trial started. Read the articles AND his commentary and you'll know what I mean.

He just loves insulting and slander everyone who disagrees.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

You know I'd normally point out that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy shining style. But how much work does Jack get as a web pundit? I wouldn't think that would be a very stressful job.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Yeah, he's this petty....take it from someone who's been on the receiving end of some of his bile.

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

I wish I was on the receiving end of some of that bile....

O.O I-I-I!! I mean! I mean, um......O-On second though, n-nevermind...Nevermind!.... <.< >.>

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Leet, I worry about you sometimes. Here, have a cookie. It'll calm your nerves. *sets the plate of cookies on the table*

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

XP Thanks! *Ohm nom nom nom nom* Coooo-kieeee!

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

This can't possibly be the real Jack. I find it hard to believe anyone near his age would stoop so low as to pick fights with people on the internet. His insults are the equivalent of a sixth grader's.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Yes it is John Bruce. Yes he is that petty. Any further questions?

Speaking as a Mod here.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
MySpace Page: http://www.myspace.com/okceca
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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Please quit exaggerating.

Third, at best.

 

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

This is him. He's unusually gentle.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

It's the real Jack.  And, yes, his insults are equal to a child's...

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Jack, do you honestly think you're witty? The fact that you can call people idiots and use puns puts you right on par with most 12 year olds I've encountered. Bravo for you.

Oh, and I'll freely admit that the sucess rate of keeping violent games out of the hands of kids in this country is not very good. However, from what I've gathered it's a higher sucess rating than that for the movie industry.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/09/15/underage-buyers-score-gta-amp-knives-uk-retail-sting

 

The above link is a gamepolitics article of two months ago that shows a 55% failure rate to enforce game ratings in the united kingdom.  Any of you people who think there is an 80% success rate in this country as to enforcing esrb ratings are high on drugs or stupid or your name is hal halpin.  Jack thompson
 
 
AE: Just say "no" to all caps.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Peanut butter to steel girders.

We saw this type of shell gamery from you and that sociopathic religious leader during the debate on homosexual marriage.

Remeber John Bruce?  The one where he tried to compare a homosexual copule to an incestous couple?  The one where you tried to link a decrease in birth rates to legalized gay marriage? 

UK results have NOTHING to do with US results, whether you want it to or not.  No more so than a specific Muslim terrorist attack based on bigotted beliefs can be linked to being equal to Christian acts of bigotry by members of the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Chruch and both are of equal levels of immorality because, hey, they're both religious, right?  So they must be of equal threat to world, right?  I mean, if certain Muslim leaders teach their children to be terrorists because of their religious beliefs, it only follows that Christian leaders MUST do the same thing, right?

That would be following YOUR logic, of course.

Nightwng2000

NW2K Software

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Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

For fucks sake you stupid child.  Go look at the FTC then get back to us when you've learned something.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Jack, 2 stores is not a significant sample size.  If you have only have 2 samples of anything, your study is garbage.  This is the kind of thing that peer reviews would have absolutely sodomized were it to be a real study published in any bit of academic literature.

Of course, you'd know that if your IQ wasn't less than a third mine, you weren't high, and/or your name wasn't Jack Thompson.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS MAKES ALL OF MY ARGUMENTS CORRECT.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

Jack.. see that key.. its called 'Caps Lock'.

Thats the one you press to make the big letters go away.

Re: NIMF Report Card Praises Game Biz, Give Parents an

News flash Jack, this is America, not the UK

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