Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
arrowPress Releases
July 29, 2014
PR Newswire
View All





If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Ratings agencies don't treat LGBT content differently
Ratings agencies don't treat LGBT content differently
May 13, 2014 | By Gamasutra Community

May 13, 2014 | By Gamasutra Community
Comments
    9 comments
More:



"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.


Related Jobs

FitGoFun
FitGoFun — Mountain View, California, United States
[07.29.14]

Unity 3D Programmer
Treyarch / Activision
Treyarch / Activision — Santa Monica, California, United States
[07.29.14]

Cinematic Animator (temporary) - Treyarch
Treyarch / Activision
Treyarch / Activision — Santa Monica, California, United States
[07.29.14]

Associate Cinematic Animator (temporary) - Treyarch
Activision
Activision — Seattle, Washington, United States
[07.29.14]

Software Engineer - Activision Seattle










Comments


Ron Dippold
profile image
As expected, Russia's does: http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2014/05/09/the-sims-4-gets
-adults-only-rating-in-russia/

Christian Nutt
profile image
Yep, that was actually mentioned in Patrick's story. Not a big shock, no.

Jeferson Soler
profile image
@ Christian Nutt - Considering what's going on in Russia under Putin, it could have been worse.

Greg Scheel
profile image
Considering what's going on in America under Bush / Obama ( take your pick ) ... nevermind. Nevermind. /shakeshead :P

Jeferson Soler
profile image
@ Greg Scheel - Under either US president (especially under President Obama), the LGBT community got rights, while in Russia under Putin, the LGBT community and the community's supporters are being attacked and even more thanks to the anti-LGBT law passed in Russia, so as Christian and Ron pointed out, it shouldn't be a surprise that Sims 4 got an Adults Only rating in Russia. The only reason I mentioned about Russia under Putin is because Christian and Ron mentioned about the game ratings system in Russia, and considering the mindset of some Russians that are being influenced by Putin, it could have been worse as Sims 4 could have been banned in Russia. Fortunately, ESRB very rarely does anything draconian when it comes to giving game ratings, but with Standards & Practices around, who knows what could happen down the line.

Greg Scheel
profile image
Yes, I know, I was making a wry and rather sardonic joke, given gitmo, ndaa, nsa, etc. I am part of the community in San Francisco, and volunteer quite a bit, so the recognition of rights we have received is something, but on the whole of it we are whistling past the graveyard while the bodies pile up and the skeletons dance.

Excuse me, I think I hear a knock at the door ...

Jeferson Soler
profile image
@ Greg Scheel - If things were easy, simple and clear cut, then all of us would be living in utopia right now and there wouldn't be any problem going on.

Masaru Wada
profile image
That's quite the shift in focus... Jumping from LGBT rights to foreign policy and such... Can we not make assessments independently of those things? I actually agree with you on your points, but it has nothing to do with LGBT rights.

Lance McKee
profile image
Way to be awesome ESRB and PEGI!


none
 
Comment: