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'Truth in Games Ratings' Bill Rears Ugly Head

US Senator Sam Brownback, one of the declared Republican candidates for president in 2008, is attempting to resurrect the 'Truth in Video Game Rating Act' this week.

Firstly, what is the 'Truth in Video Game Rating Act'? Simply put, it's a piece of legislation that would force the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to play all games through to their final conclusion before assigning them with an M (mature), T (teen) or E (everyone) rating.

OK, sounds sensible – who knows what could be hidden at the end of Cars or March of the Penguins. On the other hand, how do you actually play World of Warcraft or Pro Evolution Soccer 6 through to their conclusions? Unlike film, music and literature, a number of video games are not linear; they don't have endings or they have several possible conclusions.

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