The wonderful people over at Ars Technica was able to read through the Entertainment Software Association's 2008 annual report and found out some interesting info along the way.The ESA has had a rough year so for - a shrugged E3 show and members disbanding - but it may have been all necessary to keep the gaming ball rolling. Let's take a look.
- With the NY Governor signing off a video game legislation, the ESA wasn't very happy about that particular decision. As much as we tend to turn our heads from the ESA, we have to understand that they're looking out for us, particularly for California residents who were almost Governated by Schwarzenegger's "frontal lobe damaging" anti-game bill.
E is for Everyone and Economy
- Gas prices still suck (at least for us daily commuters) but despite of our economy's struggle, the video game industry is doing their part to help. According to Ars Technica, the industry's 2003 to 2006 growth was more than 17%, while overall economy went up by only 4%. So what's the "E" rating for? Simple. More games for Everyone means more possibilities of it selling - without the "Hmm, you don't look 17 little buddy" scenarios. The report mentioned that casual games for handhelds and PCs are a big part of the E-rating category
Although we may not understand what the ESA goes through most of the time, they do their part on keeping controllers in our hands. Check out the rest of the info at the source below.
ArsTechnica: The ESA's 2008 Report