Assembly Speaker Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is back to condemn the ESRB after news broke about sex scenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He was a large advocate last year for prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors.
Graphic sex scenes that included simulated intercourse, oral sex, nudity, and S & M content were found on the PC, PS2 and Xbox versions of the controversial game. These mini-games should have given the game an AO for Adults Only rating rather than the current M for Mature rating.
"Once again, the ESRB has failed our parents," he explained. "This particular game has been known to include extremely heinous acts of violence and now it has been uncovered that the game also includes explicit sexual scenes that are inappropriate for our children."
Also, a bill has been passed by the Illinois General Assembly that would make the sale of video games with violent or sexual content illegal punishable with a fine up to $5,000. Governor Rod Blagojevich needs to sign the bill by August 6, 2005 in order for it to pass into law. Blagojevich has been outspoken on the negative effects of video games in the past. Many believe that if this bill were to pass, it would be fought by the video game industry under the first amendment (which is the right to free speech).
After the backlash about Grand Theft Auto, the ESRB has announced a full investigation of the "Hot Coffee" mod of the game.
"The integrity of the ESRB rating system is founded on the trust of consumers who increasingly depend on it to provide complete and accurate information about what's in a game. If after a thorough and objective investigation of all the relevant facts surrounding this modification, we determine a violation of our rules has occurred, we will take appropriate action," said Patricia Vance, president of the ESRB.
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