NIMF’s Victory “for Children” Shuns Freedom of Choice

nimf.jpgMediawise has the recent National Institute on Media & the Family statement issued as a reaction to Rockstar’s decision to temporarily suspend distribution of Manhunt2. The move from the ESRB to give Manhunt2 the Adults Only rating has improved the often rocky relationship between the ratings organization and NIMF.

The NIMF statement applauded the rating as it declared take Two’s decision “a victory for parents and children.”

“Because of the their thoughtful decision to give Manhunt 2 its strongest rating, “Adults-Only,” the ESRB has sent a strong message to Take-Two and other game makers that they no longer can push the envelope on gratuitous violence in video games. The ESRB showed real leadership in assigning this rating and further evidence it is making significant progress in keeping extremely violent and graphic materials out of children’s hands.” 

The NIMF goes to make a statement that should raise an alarm for all those that value the freedom of choice and the right for freedom of expression.

Hopefully Take-Two has learned from its Manhunt 2 experience and will undertake preventive measures to ensure its future games, including Grand Theft Auto IV, are appropriate for families and gamers.”

As gaming technology continues to change, we hope to continue to work with the ESRB to ensure that future games have appropriate content and context for children. The uniqueness of Nintendo’s Wii gives game raters a new challenge when it comes to first-player shooter games. We take the ESRB’s decision about Manhunt 2 as a positive step in addressing this new challenge.”

As a consenting adult and a father with children, I support a rating system meant to inform parents of inappropriate game content. However to infringe upon my right to make the choice of what I deem to be inappropriate for my children is reprehensible. To deny my right to have mature games available for my own personal enjoyment is censorship and down right unconstitutional.

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