John Riccitiello Calls For Universal Ratings System
Never let it be said that we can’t set aside our differences and fight for the common good, even with the worst company in America*.
Remember a few weeks back when there was a major issue on Windows Live due to the ridiculous difference between the way the US and Europe rate games? Yeah, that was kind of dumb. In fact, there really needs to be a broad, dare I say universal standard for how games are rated so that people in Europe and America get the same content with the same lack of restrictions. And it turns out that someone with a lot of power, EA CEO John Riccitiello agrees!
Speaking to politicians in Washington, he said “We must adopt a self-regulated, global rating system across every format games are played on.” Great!
Oh wait, this reminds me of something. Oh, it reminds me of the MPAA. You know, the self-regulating board that has no oversight and things blood and guts are less offensives than penises and pubic hair. I’m pretty sure I’m not in favor of forcing European-sold games to be as concerned with sex as American games are, aren’t you?
So I guess I’m not on the same side after all, mainly because I would prefer that we just decide that content suitable for 18 year olds is also suitable for 16 year olds, and stop freaking out. Anyway, here are the rest of Riccitiello’s comments on the matter:
We live in an incredible age. In the past three years the audience for games has grown from roughly 200 million, to over one billion. Virtually everyone on the planet who owns a phone, can play a game. The Supreme Court has given us the same First Amendment rights as authors, musicians and film makers — a set of rights which we cherish.”
“But as we are so often told: with great freedom, comes great responsibility. To live up to that responsibility, we need to do a better job informing the consumer, no matter the channel, the platform or the geography. We must adopt a self-regulated, global rating system across every format games are played on.
What are your thoughts, Game Fronters? Sound off in comments.
* We kid, we kid.