Included in GameSpot’s coverage of the Manhunt
2 political fallout are strong words from California State Senator Leland
Yee concerning the re-rating of the controversial game:
What are they trying to hide? Unsurprisingly, the culture of secrecy
continues at the ESRB.
Even individuals within the video game industry are now calling into
question their rating system. Parents simply can not trust an entity
that is unwilling to disclose or give any meaningful rationale at how
they come to their decisions.
The ESRB refuses to use the AO rating for violence despite the descriptor
calling for such a rating when there are “graphic depictions of
violence.” If Manhunt doesn’t qualify, what would?
Combined with the use of the ambiguous term “Mature,” many
parents are left with a false sense of how violent an M-rated game may
be; and obviously even many retailers as the Federal Trade Commission
secret shopper study suggests. Using the numbers generated by the FTC,
42 out of 100 kids who want to purchase Manhunt 2 will be able to do
When weighing in on laws to prohibit the sale of ultra-violent video
games to children, the industry has said over and over, “trust
us; our rating system will protect children.” This latest episode
demonstrates once again that the ESRB in fact can not be trusted.
Yee, of course, was the driving force behind California’s 2005
video game law, recently declared unconstitutional by a federal court
GP: Presumably for space reasons, GameSpot edited Yee’s remarks.
We’ve published the entire statement, which came to us from Sen.
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