The lights are on
ESRB ratings have become a familiar sight on game boxes, but they have been conspicuously absent on digitally distributed games. That's about to change, according to an announcement from the nonprofit organization.
The ratings, which developers can add at no cost, are designed to help players navigate through not only content but what kinds of services the games are using. Ideally, that means consumers will not only get guidance on whether a game features graphic violence or drug use, but also whether a game shares a user's location or provides unscreened access to user-generated content. Ratings will be assigned after developers fill out a questionnaire.
The ESRB's president, Patricia Vance, says the new system will provide consistency across a variety of platforms, which often have their own content ratings. The first wave of games to incorporate the new ratings system will be titles appearing on Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, Nintendo eShop, and Windows 8. Other digital distributors will adopt the ratings at a later point.
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this is nice, it would be interesting to see these used on some PS vita games, due to the fact they use many of the features listed.
Well I like the sound of this
I actually rather like this idea.
I like this idea, even if I don't usually play digital games.
Glad to see this improvement. It'll take time to be implemented correctly I think, but this information will efinitely be useful for all gamers as games become more connected to their online communities.
About time they did this.
I'm excited to see this as a parent (that feels weird).
Yeah, yeah. I hardly read ESRB ratings.
I read ESRB ratings because they're seriously important for me to find which E to T rated games I'd like to buy.
This news could be good, or bad... I can't decide.
I'm really surprised it's taken them this long.
It seems like a good idea, but lets wait and see if these new ratings impact anything.
Good to see them being proactive and adaptive to the changing dynamic of games. Better the industry friendly group than a government over-site abomination.