LOS ANGELES (February 20, 2007) – The
Parents Television Council™ praised Senator Sam
Brownback for reintroducing the Truth in Video Game
Rating Act (S. 568) that would help correct the current
video game ratings system.
"The Parents Television Council sides with Senator
Brownback on this issue. There is a clear conflict of
interest that arises when a video game's producers and
distributors submit segments of their choice to the
Entertainment Software Ratings Board for review.
Clearly, the ratings based on these hand selected clips
are often an inaccurate representation of the full
playable content," said Tim Winter, president of the
"The passage of a bill that would require
those assigning the video game ratings to review the
entire content of each game is long overdue. Video game
distributors should no longer be able to skew ratings in
their favor by concealing the material they do not want
"Furthermore, the PTC applauds Senator
Brownback for adding language in the bill to commission
a Government Accountability Office study to evaluate the
current video game rating system, look into instating an
independent rating system that is not controlled by
financial stakeholders, and consider the application
of a universal ratings system to television, moves and
"We are grateful that Senator Brownback
recognizes the danger of marketing violent and sexually
graphic video games to minors under inaccurate ratings.
The PTC urges Congress to support this bill and enact
meaningful legislation to remedy similar discrepancies
in the television ratings system," Winter concluded.