Video Game Censorship

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Video game censorship is growing in the spotlight as technology grows. Parents are more concerned these days about the games their children are playing then ever before. There are many kinds of censorship out there and available for the consumers use. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), self censorship, and video company censorship are just a couple of examples. In some cases video game censorship is being taken to court. This is where a fine line is drawn because it could infringe on your first amendment rights which protects our freedom of speech and freedom of press. Considering all the kinds of censorship out there we should all be able to make educated and responsible decisions when purchasing video games. Not everyone is…show more content…
One of the roles of the rating systems were to control the amount of sexual content, rate the games based on the content that was in the game, and to state it in the advertising and the game box. Even with all the commotion over the mature games, most parents do not allow their children to play. A graph compiled with information form the ESRB site from a survey they gave parents shows the differences in how often parents allow their children to play mature games. The number of parents that allow their children to play mature games is very low compared to those that are never allowed. Most of the children that are allowed to play these mature games are generally thirteen and older. (ESRB, 2007) The most well known rating system around is from the Electronic Software Rating Board also known as the ESRB. The ESRB was established in 1994 after an increase in the amount of video games that were being produced. The ESRB is a non-profit self regulatory body that came about by the Electronic Software Association or the ESA. The roles of the ESRB are to assign games a rating based on their content, enforce industry advertising guidelines, and to ensure responsible online privacy practices. The rating system is fairly easy to understand. Ratings are broken down into six different categories which are Early Childhood, for children three and older; Everyone;
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