ESRB: Regulate yourself before you regulate others

I wrote about this on the ESRB ratings a while back. Strangely enough, gambling games are still rated for Everyone. Teen games? Apparently Fatal Frame is rated “T”. While a fan of horror games, my girlfriend and I both agreed that there were many parts to that game that were totally out of the 13-16 age group. Siren, which is in the same genre, is rated “M”. Want more? God of War is Rated “M” but has full frontal nudity in one scene. Did I mention The Sims has an nudity hack err… modification?
Now ESRB is going to punish Rockstar Games for a mod? HELLO? Anyone home? Obviously Senator Clinton along with the other so-called game rating specialists at the ESRB are in the same boat. They have never played any video games. Modifications have been around since the age of PCs. CounterStrike originated as a Half-Life modification. Quake would not have made it quite as big if it wasn’t for the modifications such as Quakeworld Fortress, or Weapons Factory Arena.
ESRB and political cronies: you need to get a hold of your powerhousing and redetermine if we gamers really care about your stupid ratings. Obviously they don’t mean anything since you promote gambling to kids, and what would classify as a rated R film made it as a PG-13 rating with you. MPAA even have their ratings messed up, but at least they’re semi-consistent. Your ratings are so out in left field, you can hear the crickets chirp in discord.

  • Brimstone

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it’s absolutly ridiculous that a company can be sued for what a “potential client” can do with that piece of software. I mean does Google get sued because I can do a search for credit card numbers, download them and then use those numbers for nefarious deeds? This kind of technology law is futile. It will not stop the masses from using P2P applications. Pandora’s box has been open for far too long for the RIAA or the MPAA to stuff it closed again. Wake up or die.
    Brimstone

  • Brimstone

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I think it’s absolutly ridiculous that a company can be sued for what a “potential client” can do with that piece of software. I mean does Google get sued because I can do a search for credit card numbers, download them and then use those numbers for nefarious deeds? This kind of technology law is futile. It will not stop the masses from using P2P applications. Pandora’s box has been open for far too long for the RIAA or the MPAA to stuff it closed again. Wake up or die.
    Brimstone