Ratings agencies don't treat LGBT content differently
"ESRBís ratings criteria do not distinguish between heterosexual and same-sex content when it comes to addressing sexuality in games."
- A spokesperson for the Entertainment Software Ratings Board
Last week, a firestorm arose when Nintendo made comments
about its decision to exclude gay marriages from its upcoming Tomodachi Life
, a stance it was forced
to further clarify.
On the back of that story, Giant Bomb's Patrick Klepek decided to investigate
whether or not the major video games rating boards treat heterosexual and homosexual content differently.
While Japan's CERO didn't respond to his queries, both Europe's PEGI and the ESRB, which covers the U.S. and Canada, answered that they do not. The ESRB's quote is above, but Klepek's story contains much more detailed info
on the stance of the European agency.