Editorial: Senator's Demand to the ESRB about Manhunt 2 Is a Waste of Time
Way to go Take-Two, you got the M rating you were shooting for. Now if you can just do something about Senator Leland Yee.
In a press release today, California Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) stated that he demands an explanation how the “most violent video game ever released” achieved an M rating. This statement alone makes me wonder whether he actually knows what an M rating means.
“Parents canâ€™t trust a rating system that doesnâ€™t even disclose how they come to a particular rating,” Yee said in the press release. “The ESRB and Rockstar should end this game of secrecy by immediately unveiling what content has been changed to grant the new rating and what correspondence occurred between the ESRB and Rockstar to come to this conclusion. Unfortunately, history shows that we must be quite skeptical of these two entities.”
People need to realize that the point isn’t politics of the ESRB, though admittedly it may come up in the future in a reasonable fashion. The point should be that this violent video game is not going to be played by anyone under the age of 17 if parents do their job correctly. People act like they just hand video games out to ten year olds once they’re on the shelves.
Does Mr. Yee understand that video games are kept behind a locked, glass case? Does he also understand that young adults who are 17 are by law allowed to kill people for the U.S. government less than a year later?
If he did, he might worry about other more pressing issues in America like our broken health care system or lack of funding for schools. Parents are getting the picture about the ratings, and since they understand that children under 17 shouldn’t play Manhunt 2, then there is no problem.
Tell you what, Senator Yee: If you create universal health care for your home state or help to endorse an efficient energy solution to help the crises facing our globe, we’ll give a damn about what you have to say about video games. Until then, stop trying to win the soccer mom vote by acting like spouting off about violent video games is going to do anything to further the progress of our nation.
via San Jose Mercury