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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
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"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.


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