GameTrailers Rip The ESRB a New One
One of my favourite podcasts, Invisible Walls made by GameTrailers, had a few words to say about the ESRB on their latest episode. GT’s Editor-in-Chief Shane Satterfield and resident pessimist Marcus “Grumpy McGrump” Beer minced no words in talking about how they were forced to pull every Fallout 3 trailer they had up by the ESRB.
GamePolitics transcribed the conversation.
Shane: You may wonder why all the trailers ever released for Fallout 3 were removed from GameTrailers.com. Well the reason that happened is because of our good pals at the ESRB.
Grumpy: Wankers! …I am just absolutely flabbergasted about the ESRB. They’re a bunch of bleepwads sitting in Washington.
Shane: Hear, hear!
Grumpy: …they get publishers to pull video footage. They assisted in getting the Fallout 3 ads taken out of Washington because some dumb bleepwit… on a bus got upset that they were showing images of decimated Washington…
Shane: Never watched a movie before!
To add insult to injury, the pair also made mention of some rather underhanded tactics being used by the ESRB. Technically, the ESRB can only get GT to pull videos if they were made by the developer or publisher, not if they make the video in-house. But that doesn’t stop them trying.
Shane: I hate the ESRB… The week before [removing the Fallout 3 videos] we had gotten an exclusive on a trailer… suddenly we get a call… and the publisher is telling us to take it down because of the ESRB… The ESRB can only regulate media that the publishers send us. Anything that we create in-house, as GameTrailers, they can’t touch… we’ll make our own violent-as-hell trailer that they can’t do anything about. So we did. We put it up, it was huge… then we get a call from publisher X [who said] “…the ESRB is putting pressure on us and so that bleep is going to run downhill to where we can’t work with you guys unless you do what the ESRB say” …they are like the frickin’ Mafia… These people have totally gone like a frickin’ power trip…
The ESRB exists to help the gaming industry and to enforce the rules and regulations which help keep kids safe and the industry’s cogs turning. It is not their job to essentially act like ass holes when somebody does something they don’t like. If you’re own rules allow something, then you should allow it.