If you know anyone that thinks that it is easier to get videogames than any other form of media and you don’t want to take the time to rattle off a bunch of numbers, then I recommend you look at this simple chart at Ars Technica. This chart shows the percentage of youngsters that have been successful in buying Mature-rated games at retail from 2000 – 2009. That stat line in the chart is contrasted by other stat lines for R-rated movies, music, and DVDs.
What is the shocking conclusion? That video games are harder for children to get than DVDs and music with parental advisory labels. They also have an easier time getting into an R-rated movie, than buying and M-rated game. So where did this data come from? The Federal Trade Commission.
The government – like the State of California – think they can do a better job than what the game industry already does using the ESRB as a guideline, but how can they possibly do better than what the chart shows – according to the FTC?
The truth is that they can’t. Show this chart to your mom, your neighbor. Or better yet, email it to your elected officials.