I was flipping through my latest copy of Game Informer and ran across their article about the Supreme Court case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA about legislating the sale of video games to minors. having gone to PAX Prime earlier this month, I saw something about it there but hadn't really heard much about it, and the people at the booth just said "sign this to say you're against the case in California dealing with additional descriptions on video games". I read the article and was slightly amazed at what the law is wanting to do.
from the article in Game Informer: "It describes a violent game as one in which 'the range of options available to a player includes killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being'. The bill also details what it means by each of those words and extends the description to include characters with 'substantially human characteristics."
what I gathered from the article was that, though the ESRB has an AO (adult only) rating, they don't use it and use M as a catchall rating for everyone and anyone to use and the maker of this law in California and the eleven states that support it want more harsh ratings on games that depict violence toward a human or human-type-creature.
tl;dr- read info on Schwarzenegger v. EMA and the Video Game Voters Network and want to know others thoughts on this.