The was a new Report yesterday on the state of Video games. Take a look below:
From Gamespy Planet Xbox-
Should games have an Enforced ratings system like movies do? Some stores (Wal-Mart) already voluntarily use the ratings system to keep "Mature" rated games out of the hands of younger gamers, but should it become a law that these games cannot be sold to certian age groups? Or are there already laws for this? I think they are just reccomendations right now. I'd just assume they make it a law. Then everything a mature game came out, we wouldn't have to hear about all this crap. Plus- it would keep all the little kids out of my Deathmatch games .Report Card Issued: Failing Grade
Thursday, December 19, 08:33 | Talon |
Yesterday afternoon we reported that the National Institute On Media And The Family would be releasing the Seventh Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card. This morning, following yesterday’s report, comes the findings. Presented in Washington, DC, this morning in coordination with Joseph Lieberman, Connecticut Representative Betty McCollum, and Minnesota Dr. David Walsh, this year’s report states that there’s a growing tendency to depict graphic violence against women; with the report citing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the ability to gain money by killing a prostitute.
"I am outraged that millions of children are playing video games that include such graphic images of violence. This is fantastically inappropriate," said Dr. David Walsh. "Video game violence is now an epidemic, and violence against women has become a black mark on the entire industry. Rewarding players for having sex with, and killing, a prostitute is a frightening example to set. This failing grade is a wakeup call for everyone: manufacturers, retailers, and parents."
"As in previous years, the presence of these distinguished Members of Congress underscores the importance of this issue. Congressional support for this issue is crucial in getting the message out to parents, many of whom have an enormous knowledge gap when it comes to these games. Allowing children access to such potentially psychologically damaging material is patently irresponsible, Dr. Walsh continued to say."
The report continued to state that this year has been the first in which its overall findings have given the industry a failing grade. The report cites violence against women, videogame addiction, rating problems, retail failings at restricting mature themed games, and lack of parental awareness in respect to game content as reasons for the failure.