As it is right now, the ESRB is a joke and is worthless to people buying games.
Yeah, ESRB is completely worthless. I have a better idea, lets get rid of the voluntary system the Game industry decided to use and lets spend more tax money creating a government department that will then rank the ESRB </sarcasm>
Are you honestly that fucking stupid? ESRB is there because the gaming industry decided to create a rating system themselves instead of having the government step in and do it themselves. Is the system perfect? No but it does give a decent guideline for parents to follow. Not every parent plays games and this is one way to help them decide if they want to buy it for little Sally or little Johnie. Just because you feel its a waste of time doesn't mean its not useful to others.
I personally ignore the rating system for my boys because I keep up on the gaming world and find out my on opinion on games through many sources. Some of my friends do not keep up with the gaming world and having something like the ESRB helps them decide on a game or not.
Getting back on track, if this is a mod where someone changed a texture then no, this does not warrent a change in ESRB ratings. I hope ESRB rethinks this position and realize that this is too slippery of a slope to go down and realize that this has ramifications beyond a simply rating change. I fear this will make developers think twice about putting games on PC's and/or making games less modable(sp?)
just so they don't have to worry about losing sales due to a higher ESRB rating. This comment was edited on May 4, 13:03.