Violent games on the OLPC Activities page
g.hopper at computer.org
Fri Jan 18 00:17:53 EST 2008
All games in the PC Doom series were rated M (Mature) by the ESRB .
This Doom is the first one in the series, and thus the least graphic
of the lot. If we trust the ratings of the ESRB, then M means it is
not appropriate for children ages 5-16, who are the primary target
audience of the laptop .
Note that xo-get uses the Activities page as its list of activities.
Although I like having all the activities listed in one place, I don't
want it to be that easy for my children to install Mature content. I
would suggest to move Doom to an Activities/Mature page, but then
again, I fear that creating such a page would invite much worse
On the other hand, the doom that is on the activities page is not
*exactly* the same doom that was released by ID and rated by the ESRB.
(The game engine is compatible, but the levels are different.) I
don't think the ESRB can officially rate open source software.
> I don't see why breaking this up by tags (some of which can
> be things like "PG13") isn't a good enough solution.
A rating tag is a good step. (Although I suspect there will be
intense arguments about various ratings, and the rating system). At
least with ratings, children know what to expect before they download
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