Curmudgeon Gamer
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30 November 2007
ESRB Rating Distributions
I have a piece up today at Gamasutra about ESRB rating distributions. Turns out each console manufacturer has a reasonably distinct distribution of ESRB ratings on their platforms. There are some changes over time -- the Wii has fewer M-rated games than the GameCube -- but it is there.

Here are the Nintendo platforms, for example:

The one platform that was less successful also had a different distribution of games. Obviously, that's not causality, but it is amusing.

This piece came out of my playing with the new "filter by ESRB rating" option on the front page of GameStop's online store. I would never use it while shopping for myself, but it does give parents a very visible tool to filter out games they may want to avoid.

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--Matt Matthews at 10:02
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