FTC Study: Buying NC-17 Movies Easier For Teens Than Buying M Games

The Federal Trade Commission today released the results of its latest nationwide undercover shop of movie theaters and movie, music, and video game retailers.

The FTC conducted a survey with 13-to-16-year-old undercover shoppers to collect data about the extent to which retailers prevent unaccompanied children from buying tickets to R-rated movies, R-rated DVDs, Unrated DVDs of movies that were R-rated in theaters, M-rated video games, and music CDs labeled with a Parental Advisory Label - "PAL" - for explicit content.

The survey found that 20% of underage teenage shoppers were able to buy M-rated video games, a major improvement from all prior surveys, and down from 42% in 2006. While CD and DVD retailers demonstrated some improvement since the 2006 survey, roughly half of the undercover shoppers still were able to purchase R-rated and Unrated movie DVDs and PAL music CDs.

"The fact that so many children were able to purchase Unrated movie DVDs - some of which contain content that, if rated, might result in an NC-17 rating - indicates that retailers need to re-double their efforts in this area", stated the FTC. Although movie theaters have improved since the 2000 shop, they still sold R-rated movie tickets to unaccompanied children 35% of the time, demonstrating no statistically significant improvement in ratings enforcement since 2003.

With regard to M-rated video games, Game Stop rejected an impressive 94% of underage shoppers, while Wal-Mart and Best Buy spurned 80% of them. Some stores had very different results for different media. For example, while Best Buy rejected 80% of underage buyers of video games, it turned away underage shoppers for PAL music only 47% of the time, R-rated movie DVDs only 38% of the time, and Unrated movie DVDs only 17% of the time. Similarly, Target refused to sell M-rated games to underage buyers 71% of the time, but refused sales of PAL music only 40% of the time, R-rated movie DVDs only 35% of the time, and Unrated movie DVDs in only 23% of the cases.

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FTC Study: Buying NC-17 Movies Easier For Teens Than Buying M Ga

When I first say this title, I thought it was absolutely impossible to be true... and yup, it is. Megagames, this is the most biased and misleading article you've ever posted. How can you title this article "Buying NC-17 Movies..." when NOT ONE STUDY INVOLVED ANYONE BUYING NC-17 MOVIES?! The study involved mostly R-rated material, ZERO NC-17 movies, and a small portion of "unrated" material. First of all, "unrated" does not mean NC-17; it means UNRATED. And second, there's no age-restriction for an unrated movie because THERE'S NO RATING! Are you surprised that 80% of R-rated movies aren't sold to kids while only 14% of unrated movies aren't? Get you f***ing facts together, Megagames.

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