A Brief History of Video Game Regulation

Parents and politicians were horrified by the violence of Mortal Kombat in 1993. The ultra-violent fighting game led to congressional hearings and the birth of the Electronics Software Ratings Board—the group that assigns an age rating on video games. For decades politicians and parents have vilified violent video games more broadly, with some cynical politicians attempting to find an easy explanation for mass shootings by drawing a tenuous connection between them and first-person shooters and games like Grand Theft Auto. Times have changed, though, and some gamers are no longer fighting against regulation. Some are even calling for it.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7anbp/a-brief-history-of-video-game-regulation