“I don’t know why Sony/Microsoft/etc put up with these jokers” – Jon Blow has trouble with the ESRB system

Thursday, 6th February 2014 08:44 GMT By Dave Cook

The Witness creator Jonathan Blow seems to be putting together a new trailer of sorts, but it seems he has had a bit of trouble working with the ESRB age-classification body’s antiquated systems.

Over on Twitter, Blow said:

We’ll update you when a new Witness trailer drops, if Blow manages to get the logo he needs, that is.

Via DualShockers.



  1. Cobra951

    Hahaha! He reminds me of a school kid who really doesn’t want to do his homework. He keeps alternately raging about it, and looking for ways to get around it.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. salarta

    Sony and Microsoft and the rest put up with ESRB because the ESRB is necessary.

    History lesson: it was only created because the backlash of Mortal Kombat and games like it risked another situation like comic books, where the government might have been ready and willing to ban video games due to content. The difference is that the version adopted for comic books, the Comics Code Authority, didn’t rate comics, but instead essentially assured the book was safe for all audiences. Think Nintendo Seal of Approval.

    Today, the ESRB ratings are still useful. Hardcore gamers may not see much point in them, but even if we assume there would be no risk of games getting banned if ESRB didn’t exist, the ratings still provide a service for people concerned about what a game might have in it. This doesn’t come down only to parents keeping their kids from seeing references to sex, but sometimes a person may not want to play a game that’s heavy on drug references or includes a rape scene, for example.

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Atari is also a good indicator of what would happen if ESRB didn’t exist. If you rated it by today’s standards, it’d probably be at most an M rating, but when it came out pre-ESRB, the game was kept behind the counter out of sight and a person had to explicitly ask for the game.

    Now there are definitely a lot of other questions that could be raised. Does it stifle true expression because some developers/publishers will only greenlight a game if it’s at an M or lower so it can be sold out in the open in stores? Does the ESRB function poorly when they could be better? The latter may be the better question to ask for this situation. But the ESRB had, and still has, a reason to exist.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. fihar

    You guys are compltely missing the point. He doesn’t have a beef with the ratings system, the problem is ESRB’s insistence on requiring you to sent, literally, a letter to their office in order for him to get the RP logo.

    I mean, seriously?

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Cathodeo

    This guy always seems to have a problem with something or someone and frankly this recent spat comes across as being a little immature. If he runs a completely paperless office then good for him but not everyone has broken free from their reliance on paper yet. In the time he took to make his little protest on Twitter he could have actually written that letter and have been done with it without having to call people “jokers”.

    #4 11 months ago

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