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Sex, boys and video games

Filed under: PS2 | Video Game Politics
Posted by Allison on February 1, 2006 10:35 AM
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Joel Stein of the L.A. Times has momentarily stepped away from editorials that begin, "I don't support our troops", to something a little less taboo: Sex, boys and video games.

Stein's editorial, prompted by the L.A. City Attorney's decision to sue Take Two over the Hot Coffee debacle, is worth reading, as it makes a few good points concerning the lawsuit. I do agree with Stein, whole-heartedly, that it's silly that parents feel duped by the unlockable sex scene, because they "simply wanted to buy their boys a wholesome cop-shooting, hooker-killing, car-stealing game". However, Stein's editorial misses the point that Take Two lied to the ESRB (the ratings boards for video games) concerning the kind of material found in the game.

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Stein believes that rating systems are outdated (seemingly inspired by the upcoming documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated), therefore it's OK to break the rules around them. I wonder if he realizes that's Bush's defense of circumventing the FISA laws to spy on Americans. Apples and oranges, yes, but I think it's worth pointing out. If the ratings are broken, fix them, but don't give a pass to those who knowingly broke the rules, then lied when they were caught.

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