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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1993
Video games should be rated, all right (Dec. 8). "S" for stupid, "E" for expensive and "B" for boring. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2005
Regarding "Debate Flares Anew Over Violence in Video Games," Oct. 5: If this weren't such an important issue, I would find it laughable that the Entertainment Software Ratings Board claims that its video game ratings are a reliable way for parents to protect their children from violent content. There are two fatal flaws -- not widely known but well known enough by those with a vested interest in the matter -- that make the current "on-pack" video game ratings system virtually worthless: First, the ratings board is an arm of the Entertainment Software Assn.
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BUSINESS
October 23, 2005
Regarding "Debate Flares Anew Over Violence in Video Games," Oct. 5: If this weren't such an important issue, I would find it laughable that the Entertainment Software Ratings Board claims that its video game ratings are a reliable way for parents to protect their children from violent content. There are two fatal flaws -- not widely known but well known enough by those with a vested interest in the matter -- that make the current "on-pack" video game ratings system virtually worthless: First, the ratings board is an arm of the Entertainment Software Assn.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2004 | Richard Rainey, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of parent, church and women's groups released a list Tuesday of what they considered the 10 most violent video games, warning parents about the inadequacies of the industry to regulate sales to children and teens.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1999 | Jennifer Oldham
A 5-year-old watchdog group created to rate video games will announce next week that it is launching a public service campaign aimed at increasing awareness of its little-known ratings system. The campaign by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board follows close scrutiny of its ratings system earlier this year by lawmakers and parents when assailants in the Columbine High School massacre were reported to have played violent video games.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2004 | Richard Rainey, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of parent, church and women's groups released a list Tuesday of what they considered the 10 most violent video games, warning parents about the inadequacies of the industry to regulate sales to children and teens.
NEWS
July 2, 2001 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
From MTV to "Tomb Raider" and Slim Shady to Buffy, watching what kids watch--and listen to and maneuver with a joystick--now seems half the job of parenting. To help set their course, many parents steer by the ratings attached like so many road signs to movies, television shows and video games. The ratings embody an unspoken compromise.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1999 | Jennifer Oldham
A 5-year-old watchdog group created to rate video games will announce next week that it is launching a public service campaign aimed at increasing awareness of its little-known ratings system. The campaign by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board follows close scrutiny of its ratings system earlier this year by lawmakers and parents when assailants in the Columbine High School massacre were reported to have played violent video games.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1993
Video games should be rated, all right (Dec. 8). "S" for stupid, "E" for expensive and "B" for boring. KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN Huntington Beach
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