Why doesn't the ESRB ratings seem to apply to games on the App store

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iPhoney:), Sep 13, 2010.

  1. iPhoney:) macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Games sold in brick and mortar stores seem to be required to get a parental rating before they can be sold, why doesn't this apply to iOS games as well?
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    Those ratings are advisory, not law; like the ratings for movies, participation is completely voluntary. The government can't enforce the ratings as it would be a violation of the First Amendment; at least half a dozen states have attempted to codify the ratings but every single time they've been struck down (and your tax dollars pissed away).

    (OT) There is a case heading to the SCOTUS this year about this, "Schwarzenegger v. EMA", IIRC.
  3. draz macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Apple has their own rating system. Whether you read this and pay attention to it is between you and your youngster.

    ESRB doesn't have a place, and most likely never will, on the App store
  4. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2010
    Next time you open up Diner Dash look on the bottom right hand side. It should say Rating 4+
  5. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
    I love how the FTP program I have is for ages 17+ only XD Reminds me every time it updates.
  6. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2010
    It would be a nice thing for ESRB to enter the App Store, nevertheless Apple seems to have its own rating since you can filter in the Parental Controls on the iPhone.
  7. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    The problem w/ ESRB ratings is that they charge developers lots of money for the rating review and approval, so we would lose many indie apps...
  8. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    ESRB ratings are entirely voluntary for developers. It is however something that many retailers enforce for games sold in their stores. This means that distributors will require their publisher to get their game rated by the ESRB.

    Because a game on the App store is not sold in stores and it's completely digital, there is no need to waste the time/money on getting your game rated by the ESRB.
  9. iPhone3GCrazed macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2008
    Could you imagine if the ESRB had to go through the thousands of games in the App Store and rate them all? That would be rather daunting, don't you think?
  10. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    It's the same as movies, you don't have to get MPAA ratings to show in some venues, but you'll never see widespread distribution if it's not there.
  11. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007

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