Bill Introduced to Regulating Rating Process

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Representative Cliff Stearns (R–FL) introduced the "Truth in Video Game Rating Act" on July 26.
The law responds to recent scandals revolving around content that was not disclosed to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) such as from the "Hot Coffee" scandal in which a sexual mini-game was accessible through hacks of the software.


The Act, if passed, would add three stipulations to the ratings process:

  • Any agency providing a rating label would be required to review game content in its entirety.
  • Those seeking a rating would be prohibited from withholding any content from the rating process.
  • It would be unlawful for a rating to mischaracterize the content of a game

Furthermore, the bill would require a study to determine the effectiveness of ESRB ratings, the need for an independent rating system and the efficacy of a universal ratings system that would apply to all visual content including video games, films and television.


It is nearly impossible that this bill will survive without substantial alterations.

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