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House Challenges Game Maker

Location: Washington, DC

House Challenges Game Maker
July 25, 2005

Washington-The U.S. House of Representatives kicked off this week by taking a shot at misleading marketing of the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas." This evening, Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) supported a resolution, which easily passed the House, calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the makers of the video game intentionally deceived the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to avoid an "Adult-Only" rating.

"Ratings are meant to help parents protect their kids," said Congressman Pitts. "We should all be concerned when game makers try to circumvent these ratings to get sexually-explicit or violent material into the hands of kids. We passed this resolution because a bad actor - Rockstar Games - appears to have deceived the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. The company provided a free download to activate sexually explicit aspects of Grand Theft Auto that are not visible when buying it off the shelf. In doing so, the company deceived the ratings board to give it access to the most profitable video game demographic: kids.

"The stakes are too high to stand by and watch this kind of thing happen. Kids are too vulnerable to the content in these games. Ratings were developed to protect kids and to help parents sort out what is best for their kids. That's why the Federal Trade Commission should do its job and ensure the integrity of these ratings," said Congressman Pitts.

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