No One Pays Attention to Video Game Age Ratings Anymore

3rd World Geeks

During the ’90s, the entire video game industry was under fire. This was due to concerns of violent content that some video games were showing. It was perfectly okay for a chubby plumber jumping on creatures and squishing the life out of them in the process because it was cartoony violence. But most parents were concerned with the more realistic looking violence portrayed in games like Lethal Enforcers, Mortal Kombat and Night Trap… wait. Really? Night Trap? That campy parody of horror movies doesn’t look violent, even when it was released!

Anyway, thanks to games like this, the United States government threatened to regulate the entire video game industry wherein they would develop a rating systems. This didn’t happen, however, as the entire video game industry decided that they would be the ones to police themselves in this case. And thus the Entertainment Software Ratings Board or ESRB was developed…

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