"After years of manually assigning ratings, the Entertainment Software Rating Board will begin relying on computers to rate downloadable games. Traditionally, games have been rated by a three-person committee that reviews a game's contents and an accompanying questionnaire. This will remain in place for traditional retail releases. However, it isn't a viable option for the increasing number of digital games being released nowadays (according to the New York Times, that figure is hovering around 650 per year, compared with 850 movies rated per year by the Motion Picture Association of America). As a result, all downloadable games, such as those on the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, WiiWare, and DSiWare platforms will now be rated by a computer. Companies will answer a series of multiple-choice questions to determine a game's rating. These questions will cover subjects such as the game's tone, visual style, level of realism, the player's perspective, incentives (e.g. are players punished for killing people?), and so on."
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