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Video Game Report Card

MediaFamily.org's 8th Annual Video and Computer Game Report Card is online, the latest such evaluation from the "National Institute on Media and the Family, an independent, non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-profit organization." Here's a bit:

Video and computer games continue to grow in popularity among children and youth. We completed the largest student survey ever and found that 87% of youth in grades four through twelve now play video games with 96% of boys playing regularly. This bodes well for the continued growth of the industry, and a balanced diet of good games can certainly be a positive part of children's lives. Nevertheless, as games become more engaging and popular, concerns about their impact on youth become more urgent.

On a semi-related note, Major Retailers Announce New Campaign to Enforce Video Game Rating System describes a new initiative to achieve better enforcement of the ESRB video game rating system (thanks HomeLAN Fed). Here's a bit on that:

The nation's leading computer and video game retailers, in conjunction with the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA), announced today a new initiative designed to prevent the sale of Mature- rated games to children under 17 years old and increase awareness of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) video game rating system. All merchants belonging to the association will now institute a national carding program and will implement an identification check process at the point of sale for games rated Mature by the ESRB.

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11. Re: WCIII? Dec 9, 2003, 10:38 Pellet Puppy
 
"Only one out of five students report that their parents have ever prevented them from purchasing a game because of its rating"
So what? I guess those Parents are Evil/bad/stupid.
"This is not a trivial issue because most major retailers will not sell AO games. Publishers therefore manipulate the criteria to avoid the dreaded AO rating"
So they admit the AO rating pretty much bans the game from even adults.. And they think thats ok?
"there is both an opportunity and challenge for the industry to develop games that involve physical activity so that young players exercise more than their thumbs."
If someone doesn't like to work out then why would they buy a game that requires them to do push ups while playing?


 
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10. Re: WCIII? Dec 9, 2003, 06:14 Big_Bear
 
Over here th UK some game actually get a movie rating by BBFC for example Max Payne 2 has a 15 rating which I think is the same as R over in the US, Call of Duty had a 15 rating and GTA Vice City had a 18 rating.

I think when these games are rated by BBFC they come under Video Recordings Act, which means any retailer selling a game to an underager can be prosucted (sp ?).

If memory serves the first game to get an 18 rating was Solider of Fortune 1.

 
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9. Re: WCIII? Dec 9, 2003, 00:49 Fang
 
On another note, I think Rockstar knows how to milk the right-wing for free advertising like no one in history.

Right-wing? Yeah, I guess you can call Democratic Candidate Lieberman that.

On another note, I think a part of the problem is that so many games are given the M rating that don't deserve it. There are plenty of M-rated games that I wouldn't mind my 7-year old kids (if I had any) playing, but plenty that I wouldn't, like GTA and Manhunt. The guys doing the ESRB ratings need to actually play some of these games. And make the M rating actually mean something.

I really think that they should scrap the current ratings and use the standard movie ratings:
AO = NC-17
M = R
T = PG-13
E = PG

 
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8. Re: WCIII? Dec 8, 2003, 20:48 TheFragMan
 
Rockstar knows how to milk the right-wing for free advertising like no one in history. I've been counting the days until the Manhunt firestorm begins...

You got a point. I had never even heard of Manhunt until I read that article, so I looked into it, and it looks pretty cool! (yeah call me evil ) I think I'm gonna go rent it...

 
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7. Re: WCIII? Dec 8, 2003, 20:36 Bunko
 
I've been counting the days until the Manhunt firestorm begins... Oprah, Donahue, 20/20... Mo money mo money mo money!
LOL.

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6. WCIII? Dec 8, 2003, 19:54  SamPenguin 
 
Really, Warcraft III? A cartoon fantasy game is #9 on the too "killographic" for kids list? That's just silly.

On another note, I think Rockstar knows how to milk the right-wing for free advertising like no one in history. I've been counting the days until the Manhunt firestorm begins... Oprah, Donahue, 20/20... Mo money mo money mo money!

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5. Re: Awww, jeez Dec 8, 2003, 19:51 eunichron
 
Games are more popular with boys (96% play) than girls (78% play).
Who are these girls are where can I meet them (18+ only please!)?

 
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4. Re: Awww, jeez Dec 8, 2003, 19:41 amygdala
 
it's not like they said all video games are evil. This seems pretty balanced... except for the part where DOA: Extreme Beach Volleyball should be Adults Only. It's titillating, sure, but not pornographic. And I think the AO rating is reserved for that.

Not that I can even think of a game rated AO. Is that because magazines and stores refuse to advertise them? Can anyone name one?

 
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3. Awww, jeez Dec 8, 2003, 19:14 Devster
 
Instead of us getting all riled up about the "killographic" games to which they refer, perhaps we should just all hit the PennyArcade "Childs Play" thing again.

There is some good in there though; they do try and come at it in an unbiased fashion.

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2. glanced over it... Dec 8, 2003, 19:11 Jigen
 
hey, everything seems to be in order... except one thing... Frozen Throne is one of the 10 games with most mature content huh? Someone care to fill me in on why?

 
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1. No subject Dec 8, 2003, 19:03 Bunko
 
Bloody HELL.

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