The video game industry's recently-announced plan to build political support via campaign contributions has drawn sharp criticism from a well-known media watchdog group.
The Parents Television Council wasted little time in announcing that it would target elected officials who accept contributions from the ESA's new political action committee (PAC). In a press release, PTC president Tim Winter (left) said:
Let me be clear of our intentions: Any public servant who cashes a check from the video game industry will be exposed by the PTC as taking a stand against families, and his or her actions will be communicated to constituents in his or her congressional district.
The video game industry continues to fight meaningful accountability for selling inappropriate material to children. The industry has been exposed repeatedly for its reprehensible behavior and now they are looking for ways to buy friends in the government...
The [ESRB] has offered little to prevent companies like Rockstar Games from subjecting millions of children to sexually graphic material as they did with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. More recently, when it was revealed that Manhunt 2 still contained horrific violence that was thought to have been completely removed, the ESRB was missing in action.
Congress has asked for accountability and Sen. Brownback’s ‘Truth in Video Game Rating Act’ would require the ESRB to actually play the games they are rating, yet the industry appears threatened by this and is looking to procure votes in Congress to keep it from becoming accountable...