Yee: What is ESRB Trying to Hide?

Included in GameSpot's coverage of the Manhunt 2 political fallout are strong words from California State Senator Leland Yee concerning the re-rating of the controversial game:

"What are they trying to hide? Unsurprisingly, the culture of secrecy continues at the ESRB.

Even individuals within the video game industry are now calling into question their rating system. Parents simply can not trust an entity that is unwilling to disclose or give any meaningful rationale at how they come to their decisions."

Yee, of course, was the driving force behind California's 2005 video game law, recently declared unconstitutional by a federal court judge.

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Alymon4069d ago (Edited 4069d ago )

There's very clear reasons why they can't release the information. Just as when you sign up for a beta you are bound by a non-disclosure agreement, the ESRB has an obligation to keep the contents of an unreleased product under wraps.

Do you hear people b!tching about movies being rated and the rating board not disclosing the contents of the movie and how they came about their decision? NO! Why? Because movies have been around for alot longer and there's more money invested in keeping them going smoothly without any hitches.

And considering Yee sponsored a bill that was deemed unconstitutional by a US Court, he has no right to criticize anyone else for their ability to judge.

Maybe the descriptors used for the ratings the ESRB gives needs to be modified. But the fact is, a Mature rating for a movie (R) is given to pretty much anything extremely violent as long as it doesn't have sex in it. If that's the standard the movie industry has been going by, how come it isn't ok for the game industry?

I have no problem with the ratings system using the Adults Only rating, but if Sony, Nintendo and potentially Microsoft (I don't believe they've issued a statement regarding it, while the other two have) won't allow an AO game on their systems, then it's a pointless rating that should never be used.

The rating system shouldn't be used to prevent releases. It should be used to educate the consumer. Unfortunately with the political atmosphere the way it is and with the companies putting out the systems reacting the way they are, the rating system will never be that effective.

Rooftrellen4068d ago

Movies also don't have an AO equivalent rating. The harshest movie rating is NC-17 (no one under 17 allowed), and R (17+ or with an adult) is much more common to see. This is because ratings for 18+, either totally restrcted to that or with an adult otherwise, is too close.

So not only are they demanding something for a video game rating they would not demand for a movie rating, they want to see if the rating should be so marginally tougher that there is no movie equivalent.

The level of censorship in games is terrible. The rating system should change, starting with the removal of the AO rating.

nirwanda4068d ago

Of coarse games and film have an NDA agreement with the reviewers they don't want anyone but them to tell the story otherwise it would ruin the game/film if anyone could just have access to it contense