We take some time to dissect and explain the current videogame ratings board known as the ESRB by explaining what the ratings mean, giving some examples, and explaining how a game is given it's rating. The Athletes unanimously agree the ESRB does a pretty good job of rating games and even can be a little strict at times. Here's the notes:
We talk Dark Souls on the PC, iPad sales figures, language translations for Diablo 3.
00:20;30 Music Break
00:21;33 Main Segment: The ESRB
In light of recent government action, we delve into the gaming industry’s police force: the ESRB. How are game’s rated by the ESRB? Who rates them? Why aren’t there any Adults Only rated games in retail stores?
00:52;04 Music Break
We’re asked whether we prefer dark, somber stories or lighthearted fun stories in games.
Another listener weighs in on the Mass Effect 3 controversy.
Sword and Sorcery receives a free recommendation.
Dragon Age 1 and 2 get a brief treatment.
Corey discusses the future of videogames featuring virtual glasses.
Dan leads a discussion based on the migration of players from WoW to SWToR.
Eric drops a heavyweight and gives his thoughts on changing the Mass Effect 3 ending.
Will enlightens us by sharing the fact that first person shooters are used to train terrorists. Duh. He also shares the gist of the proposed legislation that will slap a violence warning label on video games.
01:31;55 Music Break
01:33;05 What We Played
Dan briefly tries The Witcher, and starts his insanity playthrough in Mass Effect 3. This evolves into a discussion of Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer.
Eric talks Mass Effect 2 and the I Am Alive demo.
Corey talks art with Thatgamecompany’s newest title, Journey.
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