Canada.com reports that the province of Ontario has passed a law subjecting retailers to fines if they sell or rent video games without a parental rating. Consumer and Business Services Minister Jim Watson (at left) told the media, "We now have the enforcement ability if games are being sold without the ratings"
So this is about censorship, eh, Jim?
"It's not about censorship. It's about information and education, because most parents, frankly, don't know what the content of these games are."
Predictably, the Ontario bill was inspired by Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Under the law, retailers will have to sell games that carry the well-known ESRB ratings. Say, aren't the ratings on the boxes already? Why, yes. Yes they are.
"Most of the major game manufacturers are using those now," Watson admitted.
Uh, Jim, all of the major game publishers are using the ESRB ratings.
"This will just make it law once the act comes into effect later this year," Watson added.
So, Ontario is legislating something that is already happening. Gee, it's sort of like the Seinfeld Show for video games - a law about nothing. And by the way, Jim, what's the national sport in Canada? Any warning labels for that?