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Submitted by anime_swag_pro 774d ago | news

Video Games Reinforcement Act Could Mean Difficulties for Indie Devs

In the wake of the many tragic and very serious violent events in the US lately, the Video Games Reinforcement Act has been proposed to the Committee of Energy and Commerce. The act would ensure that all video games would have to be rated by the ESRB, and that any Adult rated game could not be sold or rented to a person under 18 in the United States. (Culture, Industry, Tag Invalid)

Laike  +   774d ago
Here's a novel solution. Add a few new categories, games with budges under 25,000 dollars would get their ESRB ratings for free or at a token sum and then put smaller fees up to 250,000. Or better yet, make the ESRB fee a certain percentage of the overall budget instead of based on categories.

Until then, at least there's Kickstarter
masterabbott  +   774d ago
very smart idea! i second this. thats probably the best way around this problem.
cl1983  +   774d ago
Got to love stupid politicians with no real solutions.
gpturbo81  +   773d ago
too coward to blame themselves, so they gotta blame something
papashango  +   774d ago
It's bull that they've successfully placed the blame on these shootings on video games. Some people may not agree but Joe Biden and the discussion that took place and this act. It was all for the administration to have a scapegoat so that they can say "see we are doing something about this."
DeadlyFire  +   773d ago
Well what will this mean for Free to Play, and downloadable indie games?

I Personally see nothing wrong with this bill. As it in no way damages the content of a video game. Slows Indie developers down a little, but not like that has ever stopped them from making a game before. I can see kickstarter being very useful in the future for indie game developers to get pass the fee. :)
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anime_swag_pro  +   773d ago
As I said in the article. 800 dollars is a lot of money for indie devs trying to break into the market. Especially ones that are paying out of pocket.

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