(July 14th, 2005)
(NEW YORK) - "The Entertainment Software Rating Board is currently
in the process of conducting a thorough and judicious investigation
with regard to this issue (undisclosed content in Grand Theft Auto:
San Andreas). We urge all parties not to rush to judgment until all
of the relevant facts, some of which are highly technical and complicated,
have been established.
"We are committed to ensuring the integrity of the ESRB rating
process and making certain that the ratings are reliable and accurately
representative of game content. Any second-guessing at this point would
be premature and inappropriate as this investigation continues.
"It is important to emphasize that the current rating of the game
makes it abundantly clear that it is not appropriate for persons under
17 and carries five content descriptors including Strong Sexual Content.
"Like Senator Clinton, the ESRB is acting in the interests of
protecting children and making sure their parents have dependable information
on which to rely when making video game purchase decisions. This is
our primary mission and no one takes it more seriously than we do."