The ESA & ESRB (which is owned by ESA) have recently begun a push to bring the videogame industry’s content rating system to that wild frontier of gaming known as the iTunes App Store.
The ESA plan has now received support from a rather unexpected source.
Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media & the Family has weighed in with an endorsement of ESA boss Mike Gallagher’s offer to have the ESRB rate App Store games. In a statement released late on Friday, Walsh said:
Michael Gallagher deserves considerable credit for his foresight in identifying the latest challenge for parents, the gaming industry and the ESRB. As gaming technology continues to advance and games become more accessible via online downloads and phone applications, parents will need new tools to keep inappropriate games out of their kids’ hands.
Gallagher took a great first step offering to work with Apple to ensure inappropriate content does not make its way into kids’ lives. I hope Apple accepts his offer and reaches out to other organizations like the ESRB and non-industry groups who are concerned about this issue and can offer valuable insight.
GP: As GamePolitics reported last September, the National Institute on Media & the Family was the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the ESA Foundation.