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The ESRB: Twenty Years of Sex and Violence

The Entertainment Software Rating Board began rating games 20 years ago today, with an initial batch of games including Doom for the 32X (M for Mature) and Pitfall for Super Nintendo (T for Teen). What began as a hastily proposed compromise to placate US legislators in the wake of Congressional hearings on violent video games has become an industry institution, rating nearly 38,000 games and apps across more than 40 different platforms. ESRB president Patricia Vance spoke with GamesIndustry.biz to mark the occasion, and while she wasn't with the group from the beginning, she underscored how its formation averted a potential disaster for the gaming industry.

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