Senator Yee: ESRB and Rockstar Put Profits Before Children
I 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?