FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2007
"Currently, a ten-year-old could purchase
a Mature or Adult Only-rated video game. There are
voluntary guidelines that tell retailers not to sell
these products to children, but they have been a failure
due to their voluntary nature and the lack of any
consequence. The legislation (SB 238) proposed by Sen.
David Ford takes the industry's own guidelines and makes
them law," said Tim Winter, president of the PTC™.
"The multi-billion dollar video game
industry is fighting this
legislation as they have in the more than a dozen states
where it has been proposed. In many of the other states
the video game industry has poked holes in the bills
passed by state legislatures and found judges that have
been willing to stop these laws before they are put into
effect. Indiana, however, has improved upon the
previous attempts. By holding the
industry accountable and relating this law to ESRB
ratings, Indiana has given the industry the chance to
establish the guidelines while the state handles the
To schedule an
interview with a PTC representative, please contact Kelly Oliver
(ext. 140) or Megan Franko (ext. 148) at (703) 683-5004.
The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®)
is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment.
It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence
and profanity on television and in other media. This national
grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the
United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters,
networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and
negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with
elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast
decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical
research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex,
violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is
provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices
for their own families.