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11-12-2010 @ 1:38PM
@IcepyroHey again, happy to see some more discussion on this topic. I don't quite agree with California's take on this law. The state should not decide on an individual basis. Instead the ESRB should be given the ability to fine stores who sell M rated games to minors. While that is empowering a private entity, it is the easiest way. Game companies already have to check their games past the ESRB and have a good idea of how their game will rate. (They don't walk in expecting an E rating and end up with an M) So the "slippery slope" idea that State regulation would spiral out of control is kinda false. If the ESRB (Or a national government entity like the ESRB) is enacted then there wouldn't be any problems, the standards for each rating would be known, and game companies would be fine. I don't like Californias *vague* description so I am against it there, but the idea of regulating games based on a central entity is a good idea to me.As for the inability for children to sneak a game past diligent and *good* parents. Ha! Children are sneaky, hell I was sneaky. I played GTA for 2 years without my parents knowing. They trusted me, and since the XBox was in my room I could play it during the day and when they walked in I would pause it. They checked my games and I just hid the GTA box so they never saw a game with M on it. They were good parents who got suckered by a good liar. As I said, I am pretty sure that you have hidden things from your parents. I don't know how old you are but be it 2 years or 20 years since you were 14 you DID sneak something. Thanks for discussing, look forward to hearing your rebuttal.
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