Violent video games have received a hammering from two US senators launching an industry report.
At the launch of the Video and Computer Game Report Card, published by the National Institute on Media and the Family, Senators Joe Lieberman and Herbert Kohl criticised the industry for the gore in games.
"Killing and carnage is not enough any more," said Lieberman, at the event in Washington. "To torture and maim is often the name of these games now."
The senators also accused the industry of targeting their marketing of adult rated games directly at kids.
The report gave the industry an ?A? for putting ratings on its games, but a ?D? for not enforcing the ratings.
"As parents, let's not let some of the video and computer game manufacturers get away with what the tobacco industry got away with for decades," said David Walsh, president of the NIMF.
Retailers also came under fire by the report for not educating consumers in the rating system.
The Interactive Digital Software Association, however, said that the report distorted the picture of the industry as only a few break the barriers of bad taste.
The ISDA claims that almost two-thirds of video gamers are adults and less than 10 per cent of games published have the mature rating.
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