Superman Is One Of The Reasons We Have A Video Game Ratings System

Remember the Superman game on the Atari 2600? That slightly obtuse piece of superhero wish fulfillment is part of a chain of careers and events that resulted in the formation of the ESRB. What does the big, red S have to do with the folks who put the letters E, T and M on video game boxes? Watch and see.

Scott Bromley of Rev3 Games takes a trip back to the heyday of coin-op machines to trace how Superman's way-old pinball and video games birthed the careers of the people whose games wound up scaring politicians and pundits so much. Those same folks eventually agitated behind the idea of labelling video games' content and the big, black letters we're familiar with today became a reality.

Just think of it like the Superboy-Prime punch in Infinite Crisis, only with more congressional hearings.


    I'd like to imagine it was Superman 64 causing a near-apocalypse, and time-travel was invented to go back in time, to create the ESRB to limit the number of copies sold.

    The US should be thankful they only have the relatively powerless ESRB, instead of the draconian, near Orwellian entity known as the OFLC.... But hey, it helps when you have the first amendment, and the ACLU to defend it....

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