Congress: Stop Playing Games

Video-game makers and retailers feel the heat on Capitol Hill about the ratings process and lax sales practices

Nearly a year after the Hot Coffee controversy—where a secret sex mini-game in Grand Theft Auto resulted in Federal investigation of the company that makes it—Congress is still steaming mad at video-game makers and retailers (see BusinessWeek.com, 9/08/06 "Take-Two Is Off Its Game"). And in a June 14 House subcommittee hearing entitled Violent and Explicit Video Games: Informing Parents and Protecting Children, Representatives grilled industry members and criticized their inability to keep adult-themed games out of kids' hands.

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