There’s some disquiet about the Windows Vista Games menu, highlighting the fact that use of parental controls will mean any game without an ESRB rating won’t appear. The ratings apparently cost US$2000-3000 to obtain, which means they’re effectively out of the range of independent games developers.
So I guess Snood and the like wouldn’t appear on the Vista games menu.
What I want to know is — are the North American ESRB ratings going to be forced onto every user the world over who wants to use the parental controls?
I’m not going to claim for a moment that the Australian government’s Office of Film and Literature Classification is perfect, but I do want to know if the Vista games menu when used by Australians will be showing Australian ratings (G, G8+, M, MA) rather than the unfamiliar North American ratings (C, E, T, M, A). And likewise for every other country.
We have enough troubles with products constantly defaulting to US English. We don’t need another North American standard rammed down our throats.