The Entertainment Software Rating Board has revealed that the North American version of Sony's PSPgo will come preloaded with the company's Video Game Ratings Guide. ESRB president Patricia Vance wrote the following on the PlayStation Blog:
"SCEA is doing its part with the ESRB Video Game Ratings Guide that comes pre-loaded right on the new PSPgo device itself. I got a peek at the Guide as it was being developed and it was great to see its straight-forward and thorough overview of the ESRB rating system as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of the device’s parental control features and settings. Definitions of the ESRB age rating categories and content descriptors give parents a good understanding of how the ratings work, examples of titles that carry each of the ratings provide a useful point of reference, and the tutorial on setting up parental controls makes putting those ratings to work on the system a quick and easy process."
While I'm all for informing parents of game ratings and how they work, this effort seems misplaced to me. Are parents really buying their kids $250 handheld systems? In some cases, sure, but I'm certain that most PSPgo customers are in their late teens to early 30s -- consumers that are mature enough to make their own purchasing decisions. The ESRB and Sony are making a nice gesture with this inclusion, but I don't see it as particularly effective.
What do you think, ladies and gentlemen? Wouldn't something like this make more sense on the Nintendo DS? Or am I wrong in thinking that the majority of PSPgo customers are "older" gamers?