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ESRB Issues Changes for Mature Rated Games

The ESRB announced and outlined some changes to the way M rated games are marketed.

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NeXXXuS1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

I don't think it really matters too much. Parents are still going to buy their kids "M" rated games without knowing what the content is and without knowing about the way games are rated. They need to advertise game ratings on television more often so that parents know not to get certain games for their kids. I'm looking at you, Call of Duty.
Kids are exposed to commercials for "M" rated games all the time, but the parents should be responsible for the purchasing of the product. If your kid is underage, don't get the game for them, it's that simple. I grew up with parents that knew not to get me a game because it was not age appropriate. It's sad that we live in a world with all of these technological advances in technology and parents are too lazy to take care of and discipline their kids properly. When I was little and I didn't behave, I got the good ol' leather belt.

Cam9771652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

I've just come from that "child spends £900 on game" article and I'm already irritated, so I'll keep this short; stupid 21st century parenting - why are so many parents incapable of taking the blame?

Magnus1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

Its not just the parents fault its they way the generations have changed. People are more paranoid nowadays. Simple fact there are more weirdos out there. You don't know if the house next to you is cooking meth or the house further down the road you don't know if that owner likes making movies with little kids in his basement. When I was young I got the belt from my dad you can't do that now with out it being called child abuse. Quite honestly I see kids today are spolied and don't have a work ethic in them and they expect things to be handed to them. Quite honestly I was hoping the ESRB would have gotten a bit stricter when it came to the M rated titles and kids. But a kid can get the M rated title either from borrowing it off a friend or a parent.

Where I live they are banning smoking in a car with a kid around. Society has changed to the point where parents are afraid to let their kids play at the park or go trick or treating. Thats how the videogame console and the computer have become a babysitter in todays society. Parents buy the game because they know the kid will have a the kid shit fit if their kid doesn't have that game they want.

CrescentFang1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

This dad was going to buy his son (who wasn't even a teen iirc) Overlord II (I think). But then the GameStop employee tells the dad it has an orgy scene lol. I don't even think they really show anything too.

Count1652d ago

Your generation and this generation is not the same. It is harder to ''discipline'' your kids. And keep shit away from them.

Video games are much more popular than they used to be. There is more violence and sexualization apparent. It is becoming harder and harder to single them out.

I like video games as much as the next guy. But I cannot in clear conscience give 100% of the blame here to parents. They're not superhuman.

KingKevo1652d ago

I'm actually surprised. I thought it would get stricter, but it's the other way around. Publisher's can do more to promote their M-rated games now. That's a good sign imho.

NeXXXuS1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

@King - I agree with you. It's always good to promote a game. I just don't like that even with this alteration, there's still gonna be kids getting "M" rated games because parents suck at parenting. It's not the publisher's fault. I really miss the 90's...

KingKevo1652d ago

Yeah, absolutely. The sad thing is that many parents think it is the publishers fault, they seem to forget that it is not the publisher who rears their kids, and not the school or any other institution only; it still is their responsibility for the most part. Too many parents think that others should or will do it for them in todays society and then they wonder what has become of their children or complain about how uneducated or 'difficult' they are.

3GenGames1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

ESRB...advertising? What? They assign ratings to games that is the de facto standard to selling them via retail. They in no was can change how YOU want to advertise them, that's garbage. Maybe EU has that need, but this is America. To advertise a game you need no connection to the rating, it only has to follow standard broadcast regulations.

I like how they say all this, but to get a game rating from the ESRB requires $5000 minimum. Can you imagine paying $1000 for a small 30 second clip to be rated by them? They can go screw themselves, I hope no business slaps a rating on any piece of game content if not needed. Or they (Console makers) all use their own guidelines one day. ESRB needs to die, the console makers need to use their own criteria, and the parents need to stop giving their children everything at whim.

MidnytRain1652d ago

Well, they could just not give the game a rating if the publisher doesn't follow their rules. Then, almost no store will carry and sell their game, which means a huge loss in profit.

StockpileTom1652d ago (Edited 1652d ago )

Look, it's quite possible for a child to play a mature game with no ill effects or changes in behavior. It is up to the parents to have the discretion to judge whether or not their individual child is emotionally and socially developed enough (aka 'mature' enough!).

That being said not all "Mature" games are equal... some of them are rated "Mature" but are incredibly immature as if they are targeted towards a 13yr old. The content of the game is mature but the mannerism it is presented in isn't.

I grew up on mostly 2 Mature rated games. (among other non-mature games)

1. Goldeneye 007
2. SOCOM US Navy Seals

A 007 game doesn't really feature much more than most kids would see on TV anyway.

SOCOM is a true hardcore TPS that really focuses on the ethics of teamwork.

Both of these games were deemed appropriate for me by my dad who had raised me behave much like a sensible adult would. I consider both of these games to feature a form of "classy" violence.

Also an issue is the parent/child power dynamic. What really made me such a reasonable child was the fact that my parents only played that power card if it was absolutely necessary (and when it was...a good ol whippin was the way). They did not treat me like a child they gave me the freedom to learn. If they told me no to something they don't respond "Because I said so" as being the reason why, instead they taught me their reasoning behind the decision.

So how do you raise a "mature" child... treat them like they aren't a child. Make them own up to their mistakes but show them the right way!

This concludes my rant.

(also Modern CoD games ≠ classy, it is one of those immature games- not saying it's bad to enjoy such a game... just it should NEVER be appropriate for children... keep it classy)

Dan501652d ago

Goldeneye is T rated.

StockpileTom1651d ago (Edited 1651d ago )

Very true, I forgot about that. The rating standards have gotten a bit more strict over time... Still the same game rendered with modern graphics would probably get an M.

(I may have been distracted by NFL free agency when I started that rant lol)

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