New notices sent to Gamasutra from D3 Publisher and Take-Two are implying the ESRB is seeking new oversight to officially rate publisher-produced game media and trailers in a similar manner to the film industry.
what big heads they are getting...
This makes sense. I think they are doing this because of the vibe they got back after giving Manhunt 2 a rating of AO.
The last time i checked i was grown and didn't need some group to monitor what i see and do. They might as well come to each and every gamers house, slap us across the face, and say " you are too stupid to make your own decisions". Hopefully all this will end when election season is over and the politicians go back to not caring.
WTF!!Now studios will release E rated trailers and more E games.
They are censoring the trailers this way (Forcing developers to use watered down trailers or face high ratings) Then how can they make a GTA or Mortal Kombat trailer and not get a 18+ rating?
Gamers didn't do much against Manhunt2 censorship and now they advancing even more. These aren't games but online trailers, ONLINE! They shouldn;t be censored and rated. And sites like GameTrailers and GameVideos already have age asking vids. Say no to censorship.
heres an idea for everyone, protest
All ESRB should be doing is preventing careless parents from buying their kids graphic and profane games, that's it. It's not the game developers faults for making games that are too graphic and intense for children, it's the parents' fault for buying their kids such things.
Yea! I can remember when I was at a gaming store when RE4 was new and a lady was asking an employee about it and said 'well that to violent' and then picked up a copy of GTA III for the kid...
Those are the parents that make it bad for us gamers
There aren't any laws (that I'm aware of, like with movies) saying a 4 year old can't buy a M rated game. The rating are just a FYI, they don't actually impose any restrictions, so whats the big deal? Please correct me if I'm wrong about the law thing. I do know that many stores have their own policy that places restrictions based on ESRB rating, but I'm not aware that there are any goverment controls in the matter? (Yes, I am opposed to such goverment controls, but not opposed to a square inch being used as a FYI on the back of a video game.)
Some kids are dumb, evidenced by the young boy running around judging games by their covers alone on my last VG run. Some parents are even more dumb on top of that, evidenced by PS360WII's humorous yet sad comment. They should just put a couple of kids doing community service for a elderly lady on the front of Manhunt 2 (which I know nothing about BTW, just it's rating), and they'd pick up a fair number of sales to children, and even more hot water from the press. ;)
They don't rate movie trailers on mainstream TV, but now they want to rate game trailers? Nice double standard guys.
This may sound off topic a bit, but its to prove my point. What these rating companies need to look at is the subliminal messages and symbolism in cartoons children are watching!!! If you listen to the Pokemon theme song backwards you will hear: "I love satan and etc," instead of "gotta catch them all." If you don't believe me try it yourself and you will see what I am talking about. In all Disney movies there are subliminal messages and symbolism that's reference to sex and etc. Here are the links:
If they can censor games then might as well censor out these cartoons kids are watching!!!! Yet they banned Manhunt 2 for its violence and sexual activity. Nonsense!!!! These clips are only the tip of the iceberg do some more research and you will see the hippocrisy in these companies, who claim to censor out porn and violence in entertainment for kids, but they can still see it through subliminal messages for crying out loud!!!
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