On the evils of handheld cockfighting and its effects on the impressionable minds of children.
The Harris Poll also found that many Americans have no knowledge of the ESRB rating system.
Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) has introduced a bill – H.R. 287 – to the United States House of Representatives which would give the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating scheme – heretofore a voluntary, self-regulatory system – the force of law and make it illegal to sell “Mature” or “Adults Only” titles to minors.
A self-serve system with safeguards built in will allow game developers and publishers to rate digital games at no cost.
With bipartisan support, the Australian Parliament has passed a law creating an “R18+” rating for mature video games which will allow retailers to sell many violent and controversial titles for the first time.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) teamed up with San Francisco Giants players Ryan Vogelsong and Buster Posey (shown above) Wednesday to kick off a public service announcement encouraging parents to check the rating on their child’s video game.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board came up with a questionnaire today that it hopes will address the need to provide appropriateness ratings for the growing number of downloadable online games. Now game developers will have a better picture about what is OK to submit in terms of racy, violent, or other potentially offensive content.
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board, a group that rates the age-appropriateness of video games, has created a new automated system for rating downloadable game content available on the consoles’ online stores.