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.
Believe That …
games should be rated by an independent organization.
Raters should play the games
Ratings should accurately
reflect the content of video games.
Ratings should provide consumers
with enough information to allow them to make an informed
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.
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.
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.
Petition the Decision-makers
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:
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
Provide ratings based on first-hand review of game content
by technically proficient, unbiased raters who themselves
play the games being rated.
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).
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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