GameSpy Feature: Games Ratings
8:32 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
GameSpy has posted an interesting look at the history of video game ratings. Currently a hot topic, particularly in light of the recent "Hot Coffee" debacle, official game rating systems have been around for quite some time now.
It may surprise some gamers to learn that the first country with a manufacturer-organized rating system was actually Japan. Dubbed the Ethics Organization of Computer Software, the EOCS was formed to alert consumers to the adult content contained within certain PC games.
Also touched upon is the well-known Mortal Kombat stir, where both Nintendo and Sega released censored and uncensored versions, respectively:
Nintendo stood firm through the release of Mortal Kombat, demanding that the game's blood and violence be removed in the Super NES port. While it may have made Nintendo look saintly in the eyes of parents, the retail sales told a different story, with the Genesis Mortal Kombat vastly outselling the Super NES port, and the core audience of devoted game players viewing Nintendo as a bunch of censors determined to sanitize adult-themed games down to the level of children.The feature covers both various systems, including the 3DO and NEC products, as well as various countries and implemented rating systems.
GameSpy - Rating the Games
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