Retailers Preparing to Post Video Game Rating Information
Retailers are gearing up for 2005, when they must post information about video game ratings. Jenny O'Mara reports it’s an attempt to limit children’s exposure to games that are not appropriate for their age.
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
The bill signed by Governor Schwarzenegger requires video game retailers to post signs about the game rating system. Entertainment Software Rating Board President Patricia Vance explains the rating on the front of game packages ranges from E-C for Early Childhood to A-O for Adults Only. Cut: Vance1 (:09) “It’s not just the rating symbol for age appropriateness but if you flip the box over, you’ll find content descriptors that are also assigned to every game..” The bill by Assemblyman Leland Yee originally sought to require retailers to separate games rated “mature” from other games targeted for younger audiences in store displays. Earlier this month, the Governor of Illinois announced his intention to try to ban the sale of violent and sexually explicit video games for children under the age of 18. SOC