Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill for Games

February 12, 2009 -

The Entertainment Merchants Association, the trade group which represents the interests of numerous video game retailers, has weighed in against game-oriented legislation currently before the Congress.

GamePolitics readers will recall last month's report that Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) had proposed a measure in Congress which would require cigarette-like warning labels for any game rated T (13+) or higher by the ESRB.

The EMA has termed the proposed legislation "unnecessary."

As we have previously noted, Rep. Baca has proposed a number of bills targeting video games over the years. To date, none have passed. In 2008 Esquire named him to its list of Ten Worst Members of Congress.

UPDATE: We've received the EMA's full statement on the Baca bill:

Retailers educate parents about the ESRB video game ratings and content descriptors and enforce the "Mature" rating at the point of sale. Last year, the Federal Trade Commission found that children it sent into video game stores to buy Mature-rated games were turned down 80% of the time.

 

The video game turn-down rate is higher than the turn-down rate for movie theaters and R-rated tickets, DVD retailers and R-rated and “unrated” DVDs, and music retailers and “Parental Advisory”-labeled albums. In fact, it is the highest turn-down rated ever recorded for an entertainment category in any of the undercover shopper surveys the FTC has conducted since 2000.

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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

How hard would it be for the government to force the rantings boards to come under government "supervision" meaning they would become government boards and regulation of sales by ranting level would become legitmite..

 


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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

Pretty hard considering the constitution I think, since that's a regulation of free speech?

Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

One of the arguments I hear about regulating media is that it can not be done by a indapendant board, it must be from a government board.
Ok so if that becomes real then whats next, limiting stuff to fines to the retailer?

 


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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label ...

Moving it from independent to government just moves the Constitutional violation from Fifth Amendment to First.

 

Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label ...

So anyway you look at it it will need sweeping goverment support and not these small thigns that fail befor they are shot down.

It would be intresting to see how far it gets considering what has past befor some of whitch are still law.

 

 

 

 


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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label ...

The only sweeping government support that would work is a stacked Supreme Court or an amendment.

There was one amendment that took away rights. Look what happened wheb that was passed.

 

Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label ...

And now begins another long and pointless battle.

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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

So wait..... warning lables for media..

"it might make you think"

"will make you non conform?"

"Is anti religious"

"Dose not have black people in it"

"Might be raicst if you watch it upside down on LSD"

"Might have clevage"

 

For fcks sake what are the disciptors for...

 

 


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Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

Wait... so any game that wasn't rated E for Eveyone would have to have a warning label?

So things that would have a comparitive rating to PG? Would you put a warning label on E.T. the Extraterestrial? It was rated PG, someone think of the children!

If he was talking about a warning label on a M rated game, I'd still be against it, but I could see where he was coming from, but on T games, he can just bite me.

Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

Not to mention it's a non-government-regulated recommendation, so I seriously doubt the government can use it for ANY type of legislation. And since they're not allowed to make their own recommendation/enforcement for it, they can't do a thing about it.


Re: Retailers' Trade Group Weighs in Against Warning Label Bill

"In 2008 Esquire named [Baca] to its list of Ten Worst Members of Congress."

Sounds like the perfect ally for Thompson.

 
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