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Cordova, TN; January 23, in the year of our Lord 2017--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is addressing an issue in the video game industry. We all know it is there. We all know it needs to be adjusted. We all know that arrogance and corruption is stopping it. Some people fear any change. It is time the ESRB addresses the lack of intelligence in their rating system. It is time for the rating system to be updated to match other age restricted materials like alcohol and cigarettes. Anyone else have a problem with the words being used by the ESRB to describe bad content? ‘M’ is used for seventeen and older only. The ESRB defines that as mature. Meaning mature people are the only ones allowed to it. To me mature means sixty-five and older.

Why is there one rating for seventeen and older and then a completely different rating for eighteen and older? It makes sense to me to move the ‘M’ rating to eighteen and older only. Then move the ‘AO’ rating to twenty-one and older only. When we look at what ‘AO’ stands for and the content it allows then it makes perfect sense for Adult Only content to be rated twenty-one and older. It should not be rated eighteen and older. Who out there is going to try and argue that an eighteen year old is an adult? Twenty-one is generally when society allows other adult only materials to be accessed. Why do video games get to put the same content in there and give it teenagers? It is a fair and valid question. It is one that the ESRB has dodged for years.

I would like to see the ‘M’ rating move to eighteen, and the ‘AO’ rating move to twenty-one. It would then accurately mirror the age limitations already set on that content within society. I doubt it will happen though. Why not? The ESRB has not been known to listen to families. The ESRB has been known to listen to the video game companies. The lower ratings they get on their games the more sales they make. Then we have the issue of corruption in the video game industry. The swamp needs to be drained before some real progress, and real change can be implemented in the video game industry. Maybe we will see this happen in a few years. When it does happen, this article will be on the Internet recommending it.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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