Parents Interactive Media

Bill of Rights

 

It has become increasingly evident that the current video game rating system is distinctly flawed and does not well serve the interests of consumers in general and parents of under-aged game players in particular. There has been no meaningful movement on the part of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) to improve this situation.

 

Therefore, we believe it is time to assert our rights as consumers and demand change.

 

We Believe That

 

Interactive entertainment/video games should be rated by an independent organization.  <<Read More>>

 

Raters should play the games they rate  <<Read More>>

 

Ratings should accurately reflect the content of video games. <<Read More>>

 

Ratings should provide consumers with enough information to allow them to make an informed purchasing decision. 

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Purchasing decisions for games that contain graphically violent and sexually explicit material and may be played by children under the age of 18 should be reserved for parents and legal guardians. <<Read More>>

 

The content of all interactive entertainment should be rated, not just video games sold in stores, but games that are played on or downloaded from the Internet as well. <<Read More>>

 

The exercise of free speech in the creation of interactive media demands the exercise of a corresponding level of responsibility in the marketing and sale of the resulting product. <<Read More>>

 

Petition the Decision-makers to Respond!

 

As a parent, consumer and tax-paying citizen of the United States, I petition the interactive entertainment industry represented by the Entertainment Software Association and my elected representatives in Congress to:

 

  1. Establish a truly independent ratings board to rate all interactive entertainment (video games and computer games) that are sold to consumers in the U.S. including packaged products, downloads from the internet, and games played online.

 

  1. Provide ratings based on first-hand review of game content by technically proficient, unbiased raters who themselves play the games being rated.

  2. Establish a rating system that provides a representative picture of the content present in the game, the  frequency of that content, and a summary description including the general theme of the game and goal for game player(s).

  3. Reserve to the parents and legal guardians of under aged children the ability to purchase mature themed interactive entertainment, similar in concept to the restraint shown in the application of MPAA ratings to motion picture viewing.

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