We’re only three months into 2007, and we already have a new piece of videogame legislation making its way through congress. After failing to get the Video Game decency act of 2006 passed in the wake of Hot Coffee, Representative Fred Upton(R-Michigan) is back with his new and improved version of the bill.
Upton had this to say in response to last years scandal and his new bill, which aims to give the FTC more power in punishing companies that hide rating altering content from the ESRB.
I would’ve liked to have thought that [Take-Two and Rockstar] would’ve been fined for millions of dollars for the trash they put out across this country
Upton hopes that the bill will succeed where so many other video game bills have failed. The bill would make it illegal hide game content from the ESRB that may give the game a more restrictive rating. One of the positive aspects of the bill is that it doesn’t attempt to interfere with the ESRB’s authority, but rather it tries to give the Federal Trade Commission the power to fine people who are not fully open with the ESRB. If a company was found hiding content, under the new bill it would have this deemed an “unfair and deceptive practice”, which the FTC is set up to prevent. Violence is the new porn when it comes to censorship by the US government. Given time, you can be sure that overly concerned parents will find some other scapegoat to focus their attention on.
Thanks to Lotus 111s for submitting.