New US Bill Wants To Turn Game Labels, Sale Restrictions Into Law

US Democratic congressman Jim Matheson has introduced a bill known as "H.R. 287", which is the latest attempt to introduce tighter controls on the way video games are sold in the United States.

Despite the presence of ESRB labels on games sold in the US, and retailer policy to forbid the sale of adult-only games to minors, the bill seeks to "require ratings label on video games" and "prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors".

In other words, turn what's currently custom — ESRB ratings aren't legally binding — into law.

H.R.287 - To require ratings label on video games and to prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors [Congress, via Game Politics]


    This is generally a good thing, but I can't help but dislike what they are implying.

    Seriously, I don't get why this is so hard for the yanks. Now that we have the R18+ certificate I believe we have a fantastic ratings system. There aren't many out there that say games that are violent SHOULD be played my minors, so why not make it a law. It's obvious the current system doesn't work because COD and other mature games are populated with children.

      Why waste money making it a law if it's already done? A law would imply that people would need to enforce it and have the proper programs. That would be a waste of money and time.

      Not so appealing to a country with heavy debt into the trillions.

        Because America loves litigation.
        Imagine all the extra yachts that lawyers can buy if this becomes law. Then everyone can sue every single Gamestop or Kmart when some underpaid check out chick sells a kid a game.
        Or are 18+ games going to be over the counter like cigarettes and alcohol?

    Great. So now can we talk about the guns?

    Last edited 18/01/13 10:03 am

      Why do we need to talk about guns? They don't have anything to do with shootings.

      Besides every American needs a gun to keep the King of England out of your Face.

        Well, I'm no expert, but I like to think people call it a "shooting" because guns are you know, involved.

          I thought using NRA logic and ending with a Simpsons quote which has been out of date for what 60+ years since England had a King? Would let people know I'm not serious.

            That's totally like, your fault man! You should have injected sounds into your words so I can read into the facetiousness. Also, I'm more of a Family Guy... guy.

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