Mon 2 Oct 2006
The blog has too many words, and not enough pretty pictures! So I evilly stole today’s Penny Arcade comic, because it’s politics-related and… uh, it’s a picture. It savages a proposed bill regarding the regulation of video game content based on entirely unworkable criteria. Needless to say, I agree with them, from the bottom of my nerdy, shriveled, little heart.
Basically, one point of the bill is “The ESRB (the voluntary organization that rates electronic content) must play through all games before rating them,” in an effort to avoid the controversy over the hidden content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. As pointed out at Penny Arcade, with online, dynamic content and user-created content, this is impossible. And, following the tried and true method of regulatory superiority, once the target of a bill has failed to live up to its impossible standards, the reins of control will be seized from them and transferred to a federal agency, in an effort to “protect the children.”