Hillary Clinton Wants ESRB Review

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News Posted: Thu, Nov 22 2007 1:47 AM

Apparently the Manhunt 2 controversy isn't over quite yet, and with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton throwing herself into the fray, it isn't likely to end anytime soon.  What is Hillary planning on this time?  A review of the ESRB.

For those who haven't been following the situation, here's a recap:

“Last June, three European countries banned the vidgame, and the board (ESRB) slapped it with the AO rating for the same reason: a high level of violence. Blighty officials said "Manhunt 2" was unacceptable because of an "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone" that constantly "encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing."

Publisher Rockstar Games -- which also distributes the notorious "Grand Theft Auto" -- decided to delay release of "Manhunt 2" pending changes.
European officials did not feel the changes that Rockstar made were sufficient, and they upheld the ban of the vidgame. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, however, dropped the AO rating to an M, which is far more conducive to mass sales.”

Hillary Clinton and a few fellow lawmakers seem to feel that the European rating system provides results that are more repeatable, and reliable.  To that end, they want to conduct a review of the ESRB's rating system and practices.

We're hoping that this won't interfere with any new releases.  After all, what better way is there to test your hardware?

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kid007 replied on Thu, Nov 22 2007 5:13 PM
This woman is in all the angles, getting conservative, liberal and independants. By she doing this is getting into those votes that claim that video games lead to violence.

What ever happen to Mortal Kombat 2 and 3? I never killed anyone and i was a fan of that game. Oh wait i guess i'm the exception!!

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Sorry to revive an old thread but I just had to for this. This is crazy. I always heard that the ESRB was self kept by the software industry and that the government doesn't have any control over it and they cannot take control.

I personally would think it was funny if someone beat hell out of her and then claimed Doom made them do it. That would be classic.

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I personally would think it was funny if someone beat hell out of her and then claimed Doom made them do it. That would be classic.

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Grahf replied on Thu, Dec 6 2007 7:42 PM
I want a parental review.

I beat the Internet... the end guy was hard

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