You know that when a TV report begins with, "Critics are calling it the most violent video game ever for children
," and that game is actually M-rated (for ages 17 and older), it's not going to be an unbiased piece of journalism. San Francisco's NBC-11 proves this point, with this craptacular report featuring California State Senator Leland Yee, and a 17 year old lover of violent video games.
Watch the report here...
Granted, I have no desire to play Manhunt 2
. I think it's creepy, and gross, and not my bag of tea. However, I feel the same way about movies like Hostel 2
and Saw 3
. Does this mean the MPAA should answer to Leland Yee about why these films were rated R? No. So why does the ESRB have to answer to the Senator as to why Manhunt 2
was rated M?
Again, the people who buy these games are adults. Either they play them themselves, or they buy them for their kids. If you want to make sure the adults know what they are buying for their kids, then support the ESRB and put forth a public campaign to educate parents about the rating system.
And, for the love of God, don't cite out of date federal studies on how easy it is for underage kids to get their hands on these games. The ESRB has cracked down over the past few years, and it's much, much harder for kids to buy M-rated games than it was when those studies were done. What's more, we know those federal studies weren't truly reflective of the problem as they used some sketchy techniques (older looking kids, adults who were around but not the ones who actually purchased).
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