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ESRB Updating Ratings Symbols For Added Visibility

by Kyle Hilliard on Aug 04, 2013 at 06:41 AM

image credit: Polygon

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is updating its iconic ratings symbols to make them easier to read. The last time changes were made to these symbols was more than a decade ago.

The symbols, seen above, remove the "content rated by" text, and change the coloring to make the symbols easier to read. With ESRB ratings expanding into digital stores where games are being viewed and purchased on smaller screens, its important that the symbols be easily viewable on many different platforms.

Speaking with Polygon, ESRB president Patricia Vance said, "The goal is really to ensure that our symbols are displaying as clearly and legibly as possible in the increasing variety of environments that they're being displayed [in], including online and [on] mobile devices."

These new changes are effective immediately, but you may not see the symbols right away.

[Source: Polygon]


Our Take
The ESRB symbols always did a good job at being fairly self-explanatory, which is why the design hasn't been radically changed. The new coloring does make them easier to read and removes some of the clutter. These changes are small, but seem worthwhile.