We’ve got additional reactions to yesterday’s report by the Federal Trade Commission which gave high marks to the video game biz for its enforcement of ESRB ratings at point-of-sale.
A spokesman for State Senator Leland Yee (D), architect of California’s contested video game law, remarked:
The Senator is pleased and commends retailers for significantly improving on the latest FTC study. Clearly retailers are much more cognizant of the potential harmful effects of ultra violent video games and are not selling such games to minors in as great a number.
With that said, it is imperative that the industry does more to prevent the sale of adult oriented games to children. Twenty percent of minors can still easily get their hands on games that are inappropriate for them. That equates to hundreds of thousands of children who are potentially in harm’s way. The Senator looks forward to continuing his efforts and working with the various interested parties to end the sale of extremely violent video games to children.
Meanwhile, Gavin McKiernan, National Grassroots Director of the Parents Television Council, lauded GameStop for its 94% enforcement record, but said that, as a whole, the video game industry needs to do better:
The PTC continues to applaud the work of GameStop and its efforts to keep adult products out of the hands of children. While it is good news that the rest of the industry has improved as well, without GameStop the industry as a whole is still failing 24% of the time and that is not acceptable. Failing one out of four times does not merit praise. Our kids deserve better.
Since GameStop has been able to have such widespread success it begs the question as to why the rest of the retailers still lag so far behind. Legislation, like the bill proposed by Representatives Terry and Matheson, will hopefully be the extra incentive the retail outlets need to do a better job than allowing children to purchase adult content one out of every four times they try.