Truth in Video Game Rating Act

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The United States Truth in Video Game Rating Act (S.3935) is a bill introduced by then Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) on September 27, 2006. The act would require the ESRB to have access to the full content of and hands-on time with the games it was to rate, rather than simply relying on the video demonstrations submitted by developers and publishers.[1]

The bill makes no considerations for mods, total conversions, user generated content, procedurally generated content, unused disc space, blocked/disabled out portions of code, player behavior in online games, and various other factors out of the control of the developers (such as how the player decides to play the game).

This bill was unacted upon during its original session and was reintroduced by Senator Brownback on February 14, 2007 under the same title "the Truth in Video Game Rating Act" with a new session number (S.568). As of March 2007, S.568 remains in the Senate Committee.[2]


  1. ^ "Senate Proposes New ESRB Legislation". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 27, 2006. 
  2. ^ - S. 568, The Truth in Video Game Rating Act

External links

  • Brownback Bill Would Improve Video Game Ratings - Senator says current game ratings system lacks objectivity, Sam Brownback Press release, September 27, 2006
  • Congress seeks truth in video game ratings, Ars Technica, September 27, 2006
  • Congressman Sponsors "Truth in Video Game Rating Act",, September 27, 2006
    • ESA Responds to Congressman's "Truth in Video Game Rating Act",, September 27, 2006

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