As GamePolitics noted last week, the Federal Communications Commission has floated the idea of a universal content rating system which would span various forms of media, including video games.
Members of Congress who will receive the FCC’s report will find almost nothing negative about the game industry’s handling of parental control technology and ratings. Common Sense Media’s concern about unrated online content and user-created content is noted but countered by the ESA, which points out that "no rating system or control device can anticipate the extemporaneous world of the Internet…"
While the FCC says it intends to launch a Notice of Inquiry specifically for games, this first round is a clear victory for the industry. At this rate, even if regulators decide to pursue a "universal rating system," it could end up looking a lot like the system developed by the ESRB.