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Have We Finally Found A Rational Attorney General?

Posted on Thursday, October 4 @ 20:44:14 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
In Idaho of all places? Attorney General Lawrence Wadson is working with the ESRB to remind parents that, ultimately, it's up to them.

The vast GR compound is located in California where our own governator not only signed into law a video game censorship bill, after the courts shot it down as unconstitutional, he is now supporting the appeal. This, despite the fact that there are games where you can play as Arnold Schwarzenegger killing cops, and Ahnold got paid to be in them.

So while every other state seems to be foaming at the mouth over the boogieman of M rated games, Lawrence of Idaho is helping the ESRB to make spots like this one. And I agree with the message, because it's not my job, it's not the ESRB's job, and it's not the government's job to raise your damn kids. It's your job, so smarten up and learn about what's going on.

I got a great letter from a concerned mom recently, whose 13-year old son really wanted Bioshock, and emailed me the following questions (after buttering me up).
1. Do you think that "M" rated video games are appropriate for a 13 year old? Why or why not?

2. Do you think that the game "Bioshock" is appropriate for a 13 year old? Why or why not?

Now there's a great mom, she already knows the rating system, but still wants to learn more.

In my response, I compared Bioshock to Stanley Kubrick's brilliant film, The Shining. It's rated R, it's actual art, and it's scary and violent. Did she think her son could handle and appreciate that film? Because some 13-year old kids probably could, but it was up to her to judge her own son's maturity.

Alas, it was not the definitive answer that she (or her son) was looking for, but it was the right answer. So good for you, Lawrence, for also giving the right answer.

That said, I still can't figure out why Halo 3 is rated M instead of T.


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