Is the ESRB Really Helping?

There probably isn't a single gamer in North America who hasn't heard of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Founded in 1994, the ESRB was created as the end product of several individual rating systems, put into play after the federal government demanded the entertainment software industry provide a classification which would forewarn consumers about the game's content. But what if the content was never scrutinized, or a freedom of expression defense claimed victory? Would games be a lot different than they are today?

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Mario4life2665d ago (Edited 2665d ago )

no because kids will have their parents buy it, i think they need to educate some parents on what the esrb is. I think they also have gotten harsher, they rated twilight princess with a t rating i still havent figure out why and the port of ocarina is e10 when it was originally rated E.

banner2664d ago (Edited 2664d ago )

I disagree.. I think a lot more parents are aware of the ratings than you think. I think What parents don't know about is the security all 3 systems have though.

You know the one that won't play games rated over of what you set it, I bet they don't even know they can set the console to play for a certain length of time.

Mario4life2664d ago

well if a parent would want to block a game for their child, then why would they have bought the game in the first place

MaxXAttaxX2664d ago (Edited 2664d ago )

It's about the parents taking their time to learn about the ratings system and the block feature and that not all video games are just for kids to play!

The ESRB helps filter the little kids out from being annoying in online games.
But the fact that so many kids still get through means some parents need to step up.

It's a very similar deal with movies and kids watching mature films. But at least people know about the ratings...

We just have to wait for the next generation of more tech savvy parents. But please don't let it be N4G! LOL

banner2664d ago

What If they didn't buy the game? What if someone let them borrow it or got lucky at a store that isn't strict.

If they looked into the security of the system I think they would have a clear understanding of what they don't want their kid to play, in turn they will know exactly what the ratings mean if the simple ratings do confuse them.

I think it starts with parents knowing the system, I really don't think the esrb can make it any more clearer when it's clearly marked in the front and back of the box.

specialguest2665d ago

If there were no ESRB system in place, there would be significantly and frustratingly more annoying kids online playing games intended for adults. in this sense YES, the ESRB is really helping.

Dan502665d ago (Edited 2665d ago )

If the ESRB wasn't here the government would of stepped in and the USA would be like Germany/Australia in terms of censorship.

theonlylolking2665d ago

No. They rate games poorly.

LoaMcLoa2664d ago

Yeah, I mean, T for Brawl? M for Halo!?

It was better when the companies who made the game rated it by themselves.

Magnus2665d ago

The ESRB system works its just broken, the board needs to teach the parents what they can expect with each rating on a game. I see some companies won't sell a reated M game like Call oF Duty to a 12 yr old kid unless they have a parent with them. I have seen it where parents get sucked into the store and just buy the game with half ass knowing what the content is like on it.

banner2664d ago

How can the esrb make it any easier then it already is? The rating is not confusing it's not like movies weird rating pg13,R. They can understand that but not E for everyone or M for mature?

Magnus2664d ago

Not alot of parents know about the system specially when it comes to grandparents and X mas presentsthey don't know what the system is . I worked at Wal-Mart years ago and told a grandmother what GTA was like in game play she made it sound like she knew what I was talking about. I told her about the rating on the case and what it ment she never listened. She came back the next day and raised hell. Can't tell me the ESRB is easy to understand because there are people out there who don't understand the system.

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