Rednal wrote:What is it that you hate about the ESRB, exactly?
They rate games.
To elaborate, its the rating scale I really have a problem with. If it was just the list of possibly objectionable content off to the side I'd have nothing to say, can't argue with a list of facts. But when you put things in a scale like that, you get the console makers banning anything that gets AO (that's what comes after MA right?), which then leads to publishers preemptively censoring content that might get them that rating. Or worse, censoring further to get an even lower rating to 'broaden their audience.' Then you get stores (I'm guessing its them and not law) slapping on an arbitrary minimum age to buy such content. Being mature enough to handle a work of fantasy has very little to do with age. I've been watching R movies every since I can remember, and violent videogames not much less, and I turned out fine. Yet middle-aged conservatives and regulators still can't handle it. I feel like there's something else I was going to say, but I just lost my train of thought.
Anyway, you could say it isn't the ESRB I have the problem with, and you'd be right. But when everything I do hate centers around them, they get the attention.
All that said, it is still better than government regulators.