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Daily Reacharound: When Mature Doesn't Mean Adult

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Posted April 27, 2010 - By pklepek



Red Dead Redemption Bonus Outfit Voting Begins

With news that Red Dead Redemption has been slapped an unsurprising Mature-rating by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, readers have been sounding off this morning about the actual impact of ratings on video games. Reader Hyphnip relays a common sentiment about the conflicted experience many of us have online with games, even when it's a "Mature" release:

"I'm so pumped for this game. I wish that, since it is rated M, that it would mean that I don't have to deal with kids online who clearly haven't come close to puberty, but game ratings don't mean a thing because stores will sell to minors or parents that just should not have kids in the first place will buy it for the kids."

Not only does Hyphnip make a good point about our social experiences, but the recent decision by the Supreme Court to examine a California case about the sales of games to minors means there could be much broader consequences to consider about these games before 2010 is over.

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