You'd think ESRB wouldve shown up by now...

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by MattGTO, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. MattGTO macrumors regular

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    On another thread someone said the bioshock was on the way for the iPhone. Now, if this were done right, it would be far from a game suitable for little jimmy on his new iPod. How does apple plan to rate official game titles in the appstore?
     
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    Through their own ratings system that exists on every single page. And it also warns you that what you're purchasing is not suitable for people under 17 on some apps.

    ESRB doesn't need to get involved.
     
  3. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    The ESRB is entirely voluntary, though Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft require games on their systems to have been rated by it. But it also costs money and takes time, so Apple's ratings, where the developer can just check the rating they want, or even ignore that altogether if they want, is what most companies would prefer.
     
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    I disagree. The ESRB may not be perfect, but it is what keeps the government from getting serious about trying to regulate videogames, and is a good thing to let clueless parents know what games may not be suitable for their kids.
     
  6. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    I don't want to engage in a lengthy debate about this but countries which have ratings systems backed by law see less lawsuits against developers and publishers when someone underage blames a title for their mindless actions.

    It's perfectly legal for a child to walk into Gamestop and walk out with Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto IV etc. in the USA.
     
  7. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Oh, I completely agree. Government should NOT be involved.
     
  8. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    Then why did I have to wait to turn 17 to be able to buy one? They won't let you have the game unless you are at said age.
     
  9. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    There should be no such thing as a clueless parent, that is most of the problem these days as many parents have become lazy and want the government and other related organizations to guide them.

    It isn't hard to pick up a game and see it isn't suitable for your 6 year old or whatver the age may be!
     
  10. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Depends on the state. Some states have laws against selling a M-rated game to minors. Other states don't have a law so it is just store policy to not sell those games to minors. In other words, some stores check IDs more closely than others.
     

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