In the United States, there is no law forbidding retailers from selling an M rated game to someone under age 17 and thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. EMA, that’s not likely to ever change.
But is that the way it should be?
Across the pond in the UK, retailers are legally forbid from selling PEGI 12, 16, or 18 games to kids younger than the rating indicates. Are the Europeans doing it right?
That’s where you come in, dear readers. If you cast your gaze to the right, you’ll see a new poll under the LOGIN box asking if video game ratings should carry the force of law. What do you think?
Are you happy with the way it is in the US? Do you think perhaps the UK isn’t going far enough and PEGI 3 and 7 ratings should be enforced as well?
As it happens, in the US, video games are included in the laws that forbid retailers from selling material with explicit depictions of sex to minors. Maybe you think retailers should be legally restricted from selling games with certain content descriptors like “Intense Violence,” “Language,” or “Use of Drugs.”
Vote in the poll then fill the comments section with your thoughts. Or, if you prefer, email your opinion to SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com. As always, the poll results will be revealed and discussed on next week’s podcast along with any cool, groovy, or otherwise notable comments. Also, if you’re so inclined, let us know which geographical region you hail from. It will be interesting to see how that correlates with your vote.
Until then friends, be sure to eat your veggies.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen