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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

NIMF Grades ESRB With Nonsense

I've got nothing against NIMF. That's why I have a link to them on my site.

But if you read their latest video game industry report card, they fail the ESRB on accuracy of their ratings. This is largely rationalized because of the uber-idiotic Hot Coffee scandal of recent history.

Note, however, later down when they release the lists of the good and the bad:

Parent Alert! Games to avoid for your children and teens
1. Far Cry M
2. F.E.A.R. M
3. The Warriors M
4. Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse M
5. True Crime: New York City M
6. Blitz: The League M
7. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories M
8. God of War M
9. Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil M
10. Urban Reign T
11. Conker: Live and Reloaded M
12. Resident Evil 4 M

MediaWise recommended games for children and teens
1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire E 10+
2. The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer E 10+
3. Peter Jackson's King Kong E
4. Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap E
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe E
6. Sly 3: Honor Amongst Thieves E 10+
7. We Love Katamari E
8. Sid Meier's Pirates! E
9. Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX3 E 10+
10. Backyard Baseball 2005 E

Those letters off to the side of the titles would be the ESRB ratings.

Anyone else notice something? Only one game on the list breaks the expected rating ... Urban Reign. Not having played the game, I can't comment as to why it would be on their bad list. Seems like if the ESRB can maintain a standard which keeps that much in line with NIMF's own recommendations ... they can't be doing that bad.

NIMF, stop the damn grandstanding. Hot Coffee is yesterday's news and it was never very accurate or well played out to begin with. Failing the ESRB here feels more like a publicity stunt than any proper critique.

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Bonus: I'm apparently not the only one who sees it this way.

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