Comparing film and video game ratings

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August 20, 2007 Statistics show that computer games are no longer the domain of children and teenagers yet the general perception exists that games are corrupting our children and should be subject to censorship. Indeed, so strict is the current ratings system in comparison to film ratings that Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht described the current censorship regime as McCarthyism in his keynote today at the prestigious Games Convention Developer’s Conference in Leipzig. The keynote, entitled “No Sex, No Drugs, and Little Rock and Roll” covers the history of the ratings system for both films and games and the bizarre inconsistencies between them. TheGamergene has full video of Eggebrecht’s fascinating and thought provoking presentation here.

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