I don’t know for sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it’s pretty reasonable to penalize people for deceiving a ratings board about the content of a game. On the other hand: The thing that leaves me with a sick feeling in my stomach is that it will be the government penalizing people for deceiving the ratings board.
As it stands right now, the ESRB can leverage fines against the developer/publisher for doing shit like Hot Coffee — but I guess that’s not enough?
Maybe I just don’t like the precedent that it sets. Even though it seems on the surface like an eminently reasonable bill, it makes my skin crawl and I’m not entirely sure why.