ESRB: 5% of games rated M in 2010

US ratings board categorised 1638 titles, 55% rated E for everyone

The vast majority of games rated by the US ratings board the ESRB last year were deemed suitable for anyone over ten, with only 5 per cent of those games - just 82 titles - rated M for mature.

The figures, released yesterday by the group, show that 74 per cent of games are considered suitable for ages 10 and above, with 55 per cent rated E for everyone.

18 Per cent of 2010's games were labelled for 10+, with 21 per cent receiving the roughly 15 equivalent in the UK of a Teen rating. The ESRB also operates a tier of classification one higher than mature: Adults Only. No games were placed in that bracket last year.

Comparing those figures to movies released last year in the US, tracked 531 of the 706 films rated by the MPAA. Of those 531, just over 31 per cent or 169 movies, were rated R - meaning suitable for 17 or over. 39 per cent were unrated, 18 per cent judged to be fit for 13 year olds, ten per cent were PG and just one per cent were suitable for all.


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Tony Johns6 years ago
Out of 1,638 games in 2010 by the American ESRB, only 5% were M17+ games.

Seems fair, that would make it around 50 M rated games, or 81.9 when I look at my calculator.

Rounding off to the nearest 1, that would make it 82 games were M17+ rated.

I can understand why there were no AO18+ games unless if they didn't include the Japanese Hentai games for the PC that I see also get the AO from the ESRB.

But in all honesty, it is hard to put the AO18+ rating when no retailers in America would sell a game with that rating, therefore no hardware publisher would want to have a AO rated game on their console and no publisher in the industry would want to spend loads of money and marketing on a game that would not be sold on retail.

It is a sad state when politicians want to protect children from certain content that they would go as far as scaring the retailers therefore scaring the market itself.

And in the end, us adults who want to play a REAL adult game, have to put up with only having M17+ games that honestly don't go as far as what we wanted to go.

Makes me want to move to Japan...after the country rebuilds itself from the disaster.

Only hope that Japan does not become like America by that stage though.

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