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H.R.287 Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act, 113th Congress

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  • Latest Action: Jan 18, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

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  • 91% of users oppose H.R.287

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    91% of users on OpenCongress.org, a free, non-partisan resource, oppose H.R.287.
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    • On January 24, 2013, by molonlabe - It should not be the responsibility of government to regulate video game ratings. Also, this bill will create barriers to entry in the video game market because video games with limited distribution may not be able to afford to have their video game rated. Regulations always create unintended consequences of higher prices and limited selection. Finally, this bill violates the first amendment by demanding that the art created by video game producers be reviewed and approved before publication . What is next ? Book ratings? Newspaper ratings?

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      As noted by molonlabe, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 24, 2013, "It should not be the responsibility of government to regulate video game ratings. Also, this bill will create barriers to entry in the video game market because video games with limited distribution may not be able to afford to have their video game rated. Regulations always create unintended consequences of higher prices and limited selection. Finally, this bill violates the first amendment by demanding that the art created by video game producers be reviewed and approved before publication . What is next ? Book ratings? Newspaper ratings? "
    • On January 23, 2013, by Revan - Basically, those opposed are in fact minors who want to play call of duty and don't want to be cut off.

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      As noted by Revan, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 23, 2013, "Basically, those opposed are in fact minors who want to play call of duty and don't want to be cut off. "
    • On February 21, 2013, by spencerjaxson - I agree with molonlabe. It's not the government's job to monitor video games. Don't they have more important issues to talk about? I think it should be the choice of the retailer if they want to sell M and AO games to minors.

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      As noted by spencerjaxson, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 21, 2013, "I agree with molonlabe. It's not the government's job to monitor video games. Don't they have more important issues to talk about? I think it should be the choice of the retailer if they want to sell M and AO games to minors."

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    • H.R.287 Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act - January 22, 2013 by OpenCongress - The easiest way to email your members of Congress To require ratings label on video games and to prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors. view all titles (2) Short: as introduced.Official: To require ratings label on video gam

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      As noted by OpenCongress on January 22, 2013, "The easiest way to email your members of Congress To require ratings label on video games and to prohibit the sales and rentals of adult-rated video games to minors. view all titles (2) Short: as introduced.Official: To require ratings label on video gam" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-h287/show)
    • House Bill H.R.287 Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act - January 18, 2013 by [H]ard | OCP - Conduct Prohibited.--It shall be unlawful for any person to ship or otherwise distribute in interstate commerce, or to sell or rent, a video game that does not contain a rating label, in a clear and conspicuous location on the outside packaging of the vi

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      As noted by [H]ard | OCP on January 18, 2013, "Conduct Prohibited.--It shall be unlawful for any person to ship or otherwise distribute in interstate commerce, or to sell or rent, a video game that does not contain a rating label, in a clear and conspicuous location on the outside packaging of the vi" (http://www.hardocp.com/news/2013/01/18/house_bill_hr287_video_games_ratings_enforcement_act/)
    • House bill proposes fines on retail games without ESRB ratings, prohibition of some sales to minors - January 18, 2013 by Joystiq - ...H.R.287, or the " Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act " as it will likely be more widely known, seeks to accomplish three goals: To make illegal the act of selling or renting video games that have not been evaluated by the ESRB, to legally prohibit the

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      As noted by Joystiq on January 18, 2013, "...H.R.287, or the " Video Games Ratings Enforcement Act " as it will likely be more widely known, seeks to accomplish three goals: To make illegal the act of selling or renting video games that have not been evaluated by the ESRB, to legally prohibit the " (http://www.joystiq.com/2013/01/17/house-bill-proposes-fines-on-retail-games-without-esrb-ratings/)
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