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ESRB Our Last Defense Against Game Censorship? 246

1up is running a piece looking at the ESRB, and its role in politics. They assert the organization may be gaming's last defense against politicians seeking to censor games to increase their own political capital. The article discusses the Hays Code governing movies, and the limits on speech the comic book industry placed on itself as the result of similar pressures. From the article: "Ultimately, the best way to prevent the demise of gaming is to make use of the democratic process. Despite what the Internet would like to believe, mere emails and forum posts don't have much clout. Rather, posted letters to representatives (written on actual paper) are the best way to let politicians know your opinion -- the beliefs that they've been elected to represent."
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ESRB Our Last Defense Against Game Censorship?

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  • by dilvish_the_damned ( 167205 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @02:14PM (#15481654) Journal
    mere emails and forum posts don't have much clout. Rather, posted letters to representatives (written on actual paper) are the best way to let politicians know your opinion

    Maybe so, but we can send a whole lot more emails than letters. If we send a whole lot of em' they are sure to read our opinions!

    Gotta go delete my spam now. Tell the senator I said 'hi' for me.
  • by Tackhead ( 54550 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @02:16PM (#15481660)
    The ESRB ratings system was our last, best hope for freedom of speech. It failed. But in the year of the Terra war it became something greater: our last, best hope... for anything worth playing. The year is 2006. The place: GDC '06.

    (It was the year of Jack Thompson. It was the year of elections. The year we brought back the booth babes that were ours. It was the year of sequels. The year of great justice. The year of suckage. And the year of pwnage. It was a new age. It was the end of Madden sequels. It was the year everything changed. The year is 2007: the place, E3 '07.)

  • My proposal (Score:5, Funny)

    by Lord_Slepnir ( 585350 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @02:24PM (#15481722) Journal
    Lately, with all of this censorship by the FCC, reporters being arrested because they won't reveal thier sources, and now this talk of congress censoring video games, I propose a constitutional ammendment that will protect my freedom to say what I want to. The text of this fictional amendment (which doesn't exist because this stuff wouldn't even be considered if it did) would read something like:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    Once this one is up, we'll work out one with regards to them arresting people indefinately without a trial....

  • by sk8dork ( 842313 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @02:53PM (#15481979) Homepage
    Despite what the Internet would like to believe, mere emails and forum posts don't have much clout.
    you've gone and hurt the Internet's feelings.
  • by doublem ( 118724 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @03:05PM (#15482090) Homepage Journal
    Hold on there buckaroo.

    You're asking American parents to take responsibility for something?

    What country are YOU from???

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