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BC Scraps Mandatory Video Game Ratings 193

antarctican writes: "In their first intelligent move, the new government of British Columbia has scrapped the mandatory video game rating system which was brought into effect last year. At last some sanity in this attempt to rid youth of these e-v-i-l influences.... *smirk* We can only hope others in positions of authority come to their senses too." But we must protect the children!
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BC Scraps Mandatory Video Game Ratings

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  • The movie industry is the same way. Sony/Nintendo/MS are the people who actually create the PS2/GC/Xbox discs, so they get to dictate licensing and royalties. And none of them will let you publish a console game with one of them if your game isn't ESRB rated.

    The movie industry is the same way. Most theatres won't show non-MPAA rated films.

    At least it's a legislative victory.

  • needless cynisism (Score:2, Interesting)

    by basking2 ( 233941 ) on Saturday November 17, 2001 @01:05AM (#2577690) Homepage

    Just some slight criticism:

    Video games DO contain some really messed up concepts. Ratine systems provide parents with info so if there IS a real threat to a young child, then the parent can prevent the interaction.

    The alternatives are not as "free" as rating systems unless you are suggesting that anything that goes on a store shelf is fit for a child to get in their mind.

    The bottom line I think is that the cynicism was pretty inappropriate, IMHOP. I don'thave time to research video games and I don't want to say,"Nope, no video games for you kids, you may pick up a really nasty one by mistake." They should have some video games! They should NOT have Gore-Blaster IV: Chainsaw edition.

    The cynisims implys that incorrect views (or some very irresponcible views) are held by some people.

  • Like we need them... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kypper ( 446750 ) on Saturday November 17, 2001 @01:11AM (#2577699)
    Oh come on. I mean, Mortol Kombat wasn't obvious? The flaming people on the back of the package weren't obvious? Blood, gore, guts?

    You can tell if it's going to be violent or nasty most of the time. If it isn't, take it away from the kid.

    If you're unsure, rent it first.

    BC recognises it's the parent's role to look at what their kids are playing. One person's PG might be another's R, and vice versa. Nobody should be paying for a standardized system we don't need.

  • Back to Columbine (Score:2, Interesting)

    by WildBeast ( 189336 ) on Saturday November 17, 2001 @01:43AM (#2577753) Journal
    At that time many articles were written about how violent video games push kids to crime. After the Sept. 11 attack, I saw an article who also blamed violent video games because apparently the author believes that the gamers are reluctant to go to war because in games such as Quake and Unreal Tournament you always end up loosing at least one game.

    Now for the shocking part. Please keep in mind that governments don't take their own decisions. Their decisions are based on what most of the voters want and what the pressure groups wants. In my experience, only 10% of the population is really against censorship. I thought that most slashdotters were against censorship to, but I got surprised when they were encouraging the government to stop WinXP from being published. Stop being hypocrites.
  • parents?? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jeffy124 ( 453342 ) on Saturday November 17, 2001 @01:43AM (#2577754) Homepage Journal
    being a former salesman in retail i can say that parents sometimes dont know about the current ESRB anyway. many times parents would buy an M game only to return it an hour later because it's not appropriate for their 10 year old. (I usually followed these up with a short intro to the ESRB system, and draw their attention to the "M - Mature, Ages 18+" box)

    so for some, ratings dont matter. they'll just buy, and return if's too much for their kid.
  • by Zspdude ( 531908 ) on Saturday November 17, 2001 @04:16AM (#2577849) Homepage
    I'm surprised that video games are only ever rated according to objectionable content. They should be rated according to addictiveness as well! Becoming addicted to a fantastic game (RPGs in particular are famous for this) and ignoring schoolwork, friends, and the real world, can have just as detrimental an effect on a child as the content of the game they are playing will on them. I know I've experienced first hand what happens when one only lives to play a certain game and lets the world revolve on past....

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