Arch-conservative Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) has proposed the Truth in Video Game Ratings Act which, among other provisions, would require games to be played in their entirety as part of the rating process. A House version has been introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL).
Shankar Gupta, writing in MediaPost, says that Brownback’s bill shows just how out of touch many elected officials are witht he video game medium:
The bill is sponsored by a bipartisan group of old men in the House and Senate – including possible presidential contender Sam Brownback. In all likelihood, none have ever played a modern video game in their lives.
This kind of moral posturing is to be expected in an election year, and video games are an easy target to score points in the family-values column…The bill fails… because it doesn’t understand how video game content differs from a TV show or a movie…
Requiring the ESRB to play every game all the way through and punishing it for failing to do so means one of two things: It is either ignorance, or a calculated attempt to destroy the organization.