Thursday, November 22, 2007

Game Ratings

Just like for movies, they have a rating system for games as well. Below are the rating icons they put on, along with what they mean.. I might write some more on this later.

EARLY CHILDHOOD
Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.


EVERYONE
Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

EVERYONE 10+
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

TEEN
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.



MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

ADULTS ONLY
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

RATING PENDING
Titles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.)

The ESRB rating icons are registered trademarks of the Entertainment Software Association.
man, aren't these icons nice ? I think they look amazing..regardless of what they mean..

Movie Ratings

I always wanted to know about the movie rating system, and finally got a chance to search around.
Those green/red screens they put right before a movie starts, saying parental advisory and some shit, it Does have a meaning.

According to what i found and i quote "it is a voluntary system sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners to provide parents with advance information on films, enabling parents to make judgments on movies they want or do not want their children to see.". Doesn't mean very much to me..! Good thing it didn't, to my parents either.

Still i think those logo things they have are cool.. So here we go..

These general-audience or G-rated movies contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, as those movie rater ppl think, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. But still they mention its neither a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. No stronger words, no violence, no nudity, no sex scenes and no drug use are shown in those type of movies.. It does kindda make you wonder if it IS a movie or not, doesn't it?

Now when it comes to a PG rated movie, what it means is that parents should investigate about the movie, before allowing their kids to watch it. Its kind of a loose rating, where parents make a choice, that weather a movie is suitable for their young or not.

PG-13 is very common, for me this is the one i have noticed the most. This strongly recommends that parents to investigate if the movie is OK to be watched by their kids. These contain some strong words, some nudity, some of everything. Kind of nice, isn't it.. ?

Now this here is something where they have gotten wrong, at least in the way i look at it. They say below 17's should accompany a parent or a guardian. They must be kidding...it'd be awkward n shit when the people on the screen start to Do Stuff..not just that, they put the Advisory in red background, and it sure as shit will scare off those edgy parents waiting for something like that. I like my R rated movies, and i like to watch them alone, or at least with nobody's parents around.

This here is the deal.. I have yet to see the advisory screen of one of those.. They say those contain stuff too adult for below 17s. And they don't mean just sex, movie could be about drug addictions, violent stuff and so on.

Only NS-17s i think i have seen is ( n yeah, i don't think i saw the advisory, i can't imagine what color they chose for that.. ) Young Adam and it was rated because of the explicit sexual content. Movie was ok though..

Thats about it, for now... may be i'll post some more info later..

And before i forget "All ratings marks and logos (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17) are registered trademarks of the Motion Picture Association of America. Their use is regulated by the Classification and Rating Administration (CARA)."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Google Releases Android SDK and Emulator

OSNews reports that Google has finally released Android, the opensource platform that will be used by the Open Handset Alliance. The platform is based in the Linux kernel, freetype, sqlite, webkit, a 2D/3D subsystem and other pieces, but the application framework is built in Java using a embedded-optimized VM called Dalvik. The SDK is available for Linux, Mac and Win and it includes an emulator."

The official Google channel has published few videos, on Android platform.

Androidology - Part 1 of 3 - Architecture Overview



Androidology - Part 2 of 3 - Application Lifecycle



Androidology - Part 3 of 3 - APIs