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Why can't people under 18 access game demos and trailers on Xbox Live?

Major Nelson, the Xbox Live Director of Programming, has received a few questions as to why Xbox Live members under 18 cannot access game demos or trailers on Xbox Live.

The answer lies with video game ratings organizations, like the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Game demos and trailers distributed over Xbox Live are considered advertising and in accordance with the ESRB's Principles and Guidelines for Responsible Advertising Practices Xbox Live members under 18 do not have access to demos or trailers for a title rated M (Mature) or RP (Rating Pending.) ESRB Guidelines are industry wide and are not unique to Xbox Live. In other words, these are the rules that all online console stores, like the Wii Shop Channel and the Playstation Store, need to adhere to in order to in be in line with the ESRB's Guidlines.

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Jazy783310d ago

all you have to do is change your age

GCO Gamer3310d ago

This is just one more reason y MS is losing it. MS please stop this family thing your not Nintendo.

socomnick3310d ago

They are doing the right thing I hope in the future they implement some kind of system so I can only find games with people my age. Im tired of playing with children they shouldn't even be playing cod 4 anyway its a m rated game.

v1c1ous3310d ago

"..In other words, these are the rules that all online console stores, like the Wii Shop Channel and the Playstation Store, need to adhere to in order to in be in line with the ESRB’s Guidlines..."

reading comprehension is console exclusive i guess....

Bnet3433310d ago

not sure if you read the article or not but here's the deal:

"In other words, these are the rules that all online console stores, like the Wii Shop Channel and the Playstation Store, need to adhere to in order to in be in line with the ESRB’s Guidlines."

ravinash3310d ago

It also helps when all your big game titles require you running round with a big gun shooting people.

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tbone46903310d ago

This doesn't make any sense, M rated means you have to be 17 to buy the game, so it should be set to 17 not 18. Microsoft needs to take a look at the guidelines again, because what they are doing is incorrect.

GCO Gamer3310d ago

Yeah thats a good question

Bnet3433310d ago

I am 17, and that is the age required to play M rated games so why am I not able to play M rated demos? I don't get that either.

unlimited3310d ago

xboxlive pay 50 dollars to get demos..lol..

v1c1ous3310d ago

but you wouldn't know that, cause you dont have an xbox

Savior X3310d ago

free accounts get access too you idiot!!!! And the 360 gets almost twice as many demos!Not to mention all the free shows and other shwag And no this is no disagreement i have a PS3 as well thank you!

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