The National Institute on Media and the Family will release its 2008 Annual Video Game Report Card today.
In contrast to previous years which saw NIMF head David Walsh (left) launch the report card in Washington, D.C., flanked by the likes of Sen. Joe Lieberman and other Congressional types, the 2008 edition will have a low-profile release from NIMF HQ in Minneapolis. A NIMF representative told GamePolitics that there will be no press conference, nor will any politicos be on hand.
The Associated Press has apparently gotten an early look at the Report Card and cites ten games which NIMF recommends be kept away from the under-17 crowd. All are rated M, so there would seem to be little disagreement between NIMF and the video game industry, at least as far as these titles are concerned:
- Blitz: The League II
- Gears of War 2
- Saints Row 2
- Dead Space
- Fallout 3
- Far Cry 2
- Left 4 Dead
- Resistance 2
- Silent Hill: Homecoming
From the Associated Press report:
The institute in past years has urged the video game industry to develop better ratings and retailers to do more to prevent kids from being able to buy mature-themed games. This year, citing the positive steps taken by industry officials and retailers, the group is focusing on ways parents can play a more active role in safeguarding their children from games that glamorize sex, drugs and violence.
NIMF head David Walsh told the AP:
In spite of the fact that all of the games are rated, in spite of the fact that the retailers are doing a better job, we still know that there are a lot of teenagers who still spend a lot of time playing adult-rated games.
We parents need to wake up and realize that the games our kids play do influence them. And it’s our job to make sure they are playing age-appropriate games. It’s the next big step.
GP: 2008 marks the 13th edition of NIMF’s Video Game Report Card. But the watchdog organization damaged its credibility earlier this year when it accepted a $50,000 grant from video game publisher lobbying group the ESA.
GamePolitics will make the full Report Card available when it is released.