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ESRB Gets an "F" in Annual Video Game Report Card

The National Institute on Media and the Family has just released its 10th Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card as well as a Ten Year Overview on the Past and Future of the Video Game industry.

The release took place in Washington, D.C. where Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) joined Dr. David Walsh, president and founder of NIMF. Nationally-syndicated columnist Steven Kent spoke as well.

This year's edition of the MediaWise Video Game Report Card highlights what NIMF terms "serious issues" with the ratings system and lack of parental involvement. Among those coming in for major criticism are the ESRB and IEMA (retailers).

Check out that big, red "F" the ESRB received for ratings accuracy. Someone is going to bed without their supper - or their Hot Coffee - tonight...

Here are the grades:

Ratings Education: C+
Retailers' Policies: B
Retailers' Enforcement: D-
Ratings Accuracy: F
Arcade Survey: B-
Industry's 10-year cumulative grade: D+

You can view the entire report card here. The Ten-Year Overview is here.

Tags: david walsh, esrb, hot coffee, joe lieberman, nimf, report card, steven kent
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