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Consumer Rights Bill: It's an absolute game-changer

Times, they just got interesting.

In an age where some developers and publishers insist on always-on connections for games and systems, a draft Consumer Rights Bill has been published and features proposals that will force concerned parties to change their tardy practices.

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zeal0us1057d ago

If pass sadly I don't this will effect the US, just the UK :(

The_KELRaTH1057d ago

Yeah it took me awhile to find out who it was aimed at! Although UK it will likely be linked to European consumer laws.

cleft51057d ago

Still, it is a start.

Ashlen1057d ago (Edited 1057d ago )

There is basically zero chance this or pretty much any consumer protection bill would ever be able to pass in the US, Republicans would block it so hard.

hellvaguy1057d ago (Edited 1057d ago )

There are already some consumer protections out there. For example, over the past few years retailers been pretty serious about i.d. checks on mature age 17+ games.

Ashlen1057d ago (Edited 1057d ago )

Those aren't laws.

The companies chose to do that, if GameStop decided to stop doing age verification there is nothing legally you could do about it.

Even the rating system itself isn't mandatory.

And really none of that is what I would consider "consumer protection".

I'd like to also add that California lost it's case in the supreme court to try to add legal repercussions to stores which didn't check age on games.

hellvaguy1057d ago

I didn't see anywhere where it specified the UK, until I seen something about a minister and then realized either I was reading about a Harry Porter movie or it was in fact, a UK based proposal.

rainslacker1057d ago

These kinds of things don't get a lot of mention in the US. You see some stuff about consumer rights on the news from time to time when bad consumer things happen, but rarely are there laws that target a direct industry such as games.

I've been very impressed with the EU's pro-active approach on these issues. Trying to get out ahead of them before they become a huge consumer issue is the right way to go.

I hope they do things right, and can serve as a model for both corporations, and other governments to model their laws off of.

At the very least I would like to see the industry itself get a hold on this. The ESRB was established to help curtail government involvement in policing game sales. It became a special interest group for the game industry itself. If the players within the industry can abide by their own set of rules that hopefully have a impartial group, such as the ESRB, to act as a mediator between the industry and the consumer, I think that would be a good thing.

It's pretty sad that rules such as these have to be spelled out though. I'm a firm believer that people should just try to do the right thing, and since corporations are now people in the US, that should extend to them as well.

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The_KELRaTH1057d ago

The biggest issue is enforcement and a fast cost effective way of getting things dealt with.

Ares84HU1057d ago

I sure hope that this bill will pass. If it does, MS will have a huge problem in it's hand.

I wonder though, have they considered that sometimes internet services are down because of some sort of failure that needs to be fixed by the provider? When I had Time Warner Cable on multiple occasions I had my internet down for a week or two because some hardware they had has failed and it took a few days to fix. Now MS will punish me for something like that???

I really hope that this bill will pass!

MoveTheGlow1057d ago

Er, Time Warner Cable won't be affected by a UK bill. Playstation's a way bigger brand in the UK already anyway, Microsoft would just have a tougher time bringing their thing over there without making a new version.

Par for the course for Microsoft. They've had to revamp their European versions of Windows for years while they get to do whatever they please over here most of the time.

Ares84HU1057d ago

I was just giving it as an example.

MoveTheGlow1056d ago (Edited 1056d ago )

Cool, but as I said above, the tech goings-on in Europe often don't affect the US in the slightest, especially when Microsoft is concerned. For all our antitrust laws, it seems that they beat us to the punch across the pond. I would hope that having this bill passed in Parliament would mean something for us over here, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Ilovetheps41057d ago

I have Time Warner right now because it's the best in the area. And yes, that kind of stuff still happens. A couple months back, I think we were down for 5 or 6 days.

cleft51057d ago

I hope this Bill passes. Gamers we all need to back this like crazy. Vote with your dollars and your voter's registration cards. We elect these people so lets make sure they do what we want.

Excited2play1057d ago

That's excellent! I hope this bill passes. Consumers deserve those rights considering huge corporations wouldn't have money without us buying their products to begin with.

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