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Adam Thierer Offers Reaction to Former Rater's Criticisms of ESRB

Gamepolitics writes:

"Recently, former ESRB game rater Jerry Bonner penned a critique of the video game industry's content rating system for Electronic Gaming Monthly.

Adam Thierer (Left), a senior fellow with market-oriented D.C. think tank the Progress & Freedom Foundation, finds himself in disagreement with a number of Bonner's suggestions and has issued a point-by-point response.

For example, in regard to Bonner's suggestion to tweak the current rating system by discarding the useless AO (adults only) rating, making M (mature) the new 18+ high end of the scale and adding a T-16 (teen, 16+), Thierer writes:

Why screw with the ratings system? Indeed, the change Mr. Bonner suggests will invite far more pressure by critics and lawmakers for oversight or direct regulation of games since they will make the old "ratings creep" argument…

Moreover… the fact that AO-rated games are currently kept off the major consoles and off the shelves at some major retailers… is probably the most important thing holding back a full-on legislative assault on video games."

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