Gambling games: Rated E for Everyone? Huh?

Apparently these days everyone gets concerned about a nipple here, or a bareback there. In the age where the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) loves to ban apparently contraversial ads such as the GoDaddy commercial at last year’s SuperBowl.
Yet one thing baffles me. When parents scream and moan about their kids playing Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas because they themselves could not stop from purchasing a Mature rated game, simulated gambling is for all ages? Whoa now.


When we found these strange ratings, I wondered what went wrong with the world. Sure I knew how to play blackjack before I was 12. But there is a very good reason why you cannot fly into Vegas and hit those tables before you turn 21. Both High Rollers Casino, and World Championship Poker are rated E. Go figure. What’s more amusing is that it is NOT the game developer’s fault. They don’t create the gaming ratings. ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) does. A quick browse of their site shows that they’re extremely proud of the fact too, with quotes from the FTC on how they are so wonderful in their industry.
Get them while they’re young… so the saying goes. I guess with all the violent games in the world that are rated M and correctly get all the attention perhaps because of that particularly fun category. Yet here, there is an obvious rating issue if unless you find it right for any child (six and older) that can pick up a controller to play these absolutely brilliant casino games.
Disclaimer: I have to give all the credit in the world for this find to the woman that I love dearly. She and I often stop at Gamestop to gaze upon the next wonder that will grace my consoles.

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