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

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  1. iPhoney:) macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    I love how the FTP program I have is for ages 17+ only XD Reminds me every time it updates.
     
  6. ssdeg7 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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