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I’m not sure about it being exclusively beneficial to the industry (it costs developers to get their games rate), but I still see your point. Many parents don’t care about the ESRB ratings. But what are we supposed to do? Make the rating obnoxiously large on the box? Forbid the child from purchasing it? (Supreme Court ruled that you can’t).
Also, come to think of it, I’m not sure that the ESRB’s content ratings are the best. They give games with full frontal nudity a 17+ rating (not 18 plus, because that would be bad for marketing I guess), and lump them in the same category as “games with just a bit too much blood in them.”
Gender gets assigned randomly. “Him” shouldn’t be there, that’s my mistake.
As for the grammar.txt, it’s in the source files. I guess you could find it in the “network” tab of inspect element? Let me know if you still need help.
I don’t think the ESRB is a failed system. It isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough at conveying what it needs to. And if the content desctiptors aren’t enough, the ESRB provides a description for everything it rates.
While the whole number ranking concept seems novel, I don’t think it really helps the player in deciding if they should play a game. If I told you that some game had a score of 39, could you make a judgment off of that alone? The content descriptors are a good idea though.
I'm glad you're finally doing this!
I think you missed a few content descriptors, like:
- Alcohol/Tobacco reference/usage (kinda fits in with drug reference/usage)
- Blood/gore (kinda separate from violence?)
- Horror themes (for scary games)
It might also be a good idea to have users come up with their own content descriptors and explain their content in depth. E.G: if the creator selects "Alcohol Usage," they could write "contains a scene with two adults responsibly consuming alcohol."
Also, alcohol should be separate from drugs, since those two have different connotations .
Those are my thoughts. I'd like to know what you all think!