Posted on November 2, 2007,

Senator Yee: ESRB and Rockstar Put Profits Before Children

leland-yee.jpgI told you the Manhunt news wasn’t done. California Senator Leland Yee, a vocal proponent of making the sale of violent games to children a crime, has waited his turn and had some harsh things to say about the ESRB and Rockstar. In a released statement, he said, “The ESRB and Rockstar continuously put profits before children.”

So much for reading between the lines.

He also goes on to suggest that the original AO rating should be restored and that the Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation over how the rating was changed in the first place. Is it really so reprehensible that the game’s rating was changed? Have they actually see Manhunt 2 compared with other Mature rated games?

Time and time again, the ESRB rating process fails parents. It is unconscionable that the rating board would downgrade Manhunt 2′s rating from AO to M and therefore make the game available to children. Parents deserve to know what, if any, content was truly removed to receive the downgraded rating. ESRB has refused to publicly disclose whether or not Rockstar divulged that such adult content could still be accessible.  As if we needed more evidence, this episode further puts into question the validity of the entire rating system. It is imperative that parents always review the video games their children are playing and realize that the rating system is incredibly flawed.

Yee must be referring to the fact that the game can actually be released on its respective platforms and sold in stores when he says that it’s now “available to children.” My response is the same as it always is: Why are you trying to fight the ESRB and developers/publishers when you could spend that time trying to inform parents about videogames in an honest and helpful way so that they can be the ones that decide what their children are allowed to play?

via Game|Life

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8 Comments on Senator Yee: ESRB and Rockstar Put Profits Before Children


On November 2, 2007 at 2:19 pm

IMO they should make some cheap ads for TV and newspapers that explain in no uncertain terms that some games are for adults only which would hopefully get some parents to wise up a bit.

They should also make it clear to stores that they have to be more responsible. Undercover buyers should check stores to make sure they are not selling them to children and the stores should have to make sure an adult purchaser is aware the game is unsuitable for children. Stores that dont do this should be punished suitably. This should include online stores like Amazon which should maybe seal the game in packaging saying its only suitable for adults.


On November 2, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Well, I would like to say, that I think just making the content inaccessible by normal means, instead of just removing it, is a little less than um..


lets hack it.


On November 2, 2007 at 5:20 pm

Senator Leland Yee, you are a douche. Good day sir.


On November 3, 2007 at 2:41 am

You know what? Most parents dont care! In my store minors have to have a parent for m rated games. What is more, we make the parents read why it is m rated. You know what, i get yelled at for requiring this inconvenience. Parents get mad they have to come in from the car, read the back of the game, and say it is okay. So, when people say parents arent aware of what is in the games; at least in my store, that is their fault.

License to ill

On November 3, 2007 at 5:08 pm



On November 3, 2007 at 10:49 pm

There seems to be a lot of confusion in the world today about whose responsibility it is to raise children.

There also seems to be a mass void of common sense at work here.

Let’s see, I have a kid, therefore it is NOT my responsibility to make sure he cleans up after himself, thinks for himself, answers to my authority, after all why should he answer to any authority or me either for that matter. No… life is so much easier if the government takes care of me by regulating what I can or can not see on TV, listen to on the radio, or play on my computer or console.

I absolutely need to be punished by a beauracrat and then I’ll have an excuse for punishing some developer by sueing him out of business because they wrote a game I just couldn’t say “NO” to.

Somebody please wake up and tell me this is a dream!!


On November 4, 2007 at 1:43 pm

You are absolutely right. When something goes wrong with kids, parents today think what happened? I paid for the schools, day cares. They think all it takes to raise a kid is money. So, when something goes wrong, they blame somebody else. Someone else is supposed to be paying attention to their kids.


On November 5, 2007 at 8:53 am

shouldn’t Senators be concentrating their efforts on the war against terrorism or something. Video games should really be at the bottom of their priority list with all the hitting the fan in the world today.