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Exploring the ESRB
7:29 AM | Blake Buck | Comment on this story

Slate recently ran an article explaining how the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) rates games. The ESRB is the organization responsible for giving games different letter scores based on the maturity of its' content. The article discusses how the ESRB rates games objectively, and what criteria defines the different ratings.

When submitting a game for the board's scrutiny, the developer fills out a questionnaire that describes potentially offensive material, especially sequences involving drugs, sex, or violence. The company must also supply the rating board with the scripts for any scenes with dialogue and material like song lyrics. The package sent to the ESRB will also include a videotape showing the game's basic plot and each questionable scene. Such videos can be several hours long.

At least three raters watch the videotape and answer a series of questions about its content. They are more likely to be homemakers than hard-core gamers. They must be at least 21 years old and have no connection to the video game industry.

Due to the latest Grand Theft Auto scandal, the way ESRB rates games could become a topic of debate in the coming months.

To view the entire article, click the link below.

Slate Article: How Do Videogames Get Rate?
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