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The ESRB, which has long rated console and PC games for content, has announced plans to begin rating mobile games sometime in 2012. However, these ratings might not matter much, as both Apple and Google are planning to ignore this new ratings system entirely.Apple offered no official comment, but a Google spokesperson said, “We’ve put a lot of effort into Android Market’s rating system, which now works well globally. While we support other systems, we think it’s best for Android users and developers to stick with Android’s existing ratings.”With Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms accounting for the vast majority of mobile gaming, this decision seems to make the ESRB's planned mobile ratings nearly irrelevant.Source: Digital Trends via Destructoid
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Good, let ESRB be irrelevent, it's a flawed tool
It doesn't matter, no one pays attention to ratings anymore. Do you know how many kids play Halo and CoD? It's sickening.
Yeah. Well it wouldn't hurt to. But is still wouldn't matter
Fight the power!
So Apple and Google can sell a rated M game while they rate it as a rate E game? Inconceivable!!!
ESRB can suck it!
LOL ESRB with their big ideas. Google: No.
I think the last part of the last sentence basically applies to the ESRB now - due to the large number of kids with high-pitched voices playing online FPSs
The ESRB rating system was needed when it was fist established (after Mortal Kombat) and has given a lot of people insightful information when concerning games. When video game content started becoming controversial in the late 80's early 90's the ESRB was the great moderator between the two groups of people who were on either sides of the controversy. It was the best possible compromise, and I fully support the rating system. For Apple and Google to ignore it seems like a step back for the industry and could spark anther similar controversy around content. Say what you will about the rating system, but it helped to keep the industry afloat. Without the ratings, the anti-game people could have put limitations on the types of games we have today, and the art of storytelling. I fully support the ESRB and hope they can reach a agreement with Apple and Google for the wellbeing of the industry and the image that the industry receives.
Well hopefuly they don't get in trouble with Congress.
I don't really think ESRB should rate mobile games. Its going to be easier for the distributors to do it, and they're doing a good job already. No reason for them to get involved honestly.
ESRB ratings are so incredibly skewed to begin with, it's no wonder Google's going to stick with their own system.
The ESRB doesn't "police" anything. When it comes to video games the ESRB has saved us from government intervention. They have done a great job and without them we might have a lot more people coming after our industry or unfair regulations being imposed. Why anyone would denounce their ratings is absurd. The more informed families are about what their children are playing the better off the industry will be to be left alone. The last thing we need is government stepping in to do things their way because Google and Apple want to use their own systems instead of agreeing on an industry standard. It's a petty squabble to be the one who sets the standard and it's nothing but more proof that mobile gaming is all about quick cash and is completely void of any artistic integrity found within PC and console gaming.
That's really stupid of them.
Well if users are already competent with the current rating system of Android and Apple products, so why change it? :)