August 21st, 2006

Firing Squad Interview with Congressman Cliff Stearns

GP's bud John Callaham over at Firing Squad scores another solid interview, this time with Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), chair of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Stearns has also proposed legislation, the so-called "Truth in Video Game Rating Act."

Stearns expressed to Callaham his concerns about the ESRB's game rating process as well as how games are marketed. Here are some of the Congressman's points from the Firing Squad interview:

"The rating board, which is supported by the industry, does not review the game's entire content, instead relying on reviews that has led to numerous problems with inappropriate content being marketed to children."
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Is Congressional Grilling the Real Reason Wal-mart Yanked Bully?

If, as Wal-mart officials maintain, Jack Thompson's Florida lawsuit wasn't what motivated the retail giant to block Bully pre-orders from its website last week, what is?

One answer may lie in June 14th's contentious House subcommittee hearing during which chair Cliff Stearns (R-FL) grilled several video game industry executives including Wal-mart's Gary Severson. Here's what Rep. Stearns had to say to Wal-mart during that hearing:

"I'll start with the questioning. I went, Mr. Severson, I went to the Wal-mart website, where you sell Grand Theft Auto and it's rated "M" there on the the website... (the website said) by ordering this item you are certifying that you are 17 years of age. If you agree to the above terms click 'I agree.' If you click, 'I agree,' you can get this pretty easily."

Stearns next launches into a somewhat confused explanation of last year's Hot Coffee scandal:
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