Teenagers in the U.S. are having a more difficult time buying mature-rated games in stores than in past years, according to the results of an undercover operation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.http://www.gamepro.com/news.cfm?article_id=183209
This is interesting to me, because on Monday night I went to buy a copy of The Orange Box for my little brother's birthday, and for the very first time ever... I got carded! Yes, I got carded to buy a video game. The guy behind the counter also asked me if the person I was buying it for was over 17.
For years I've looked at the video game ratings as being totally unenforced. But maybe the video game industry really IS getting serious about enforcing ratings now...
P.S. How did The Orange Box get rated M? I don't remember nudity or sexual situations in any of: Portal, Half Life 2, HL2: Ep 2 or Team Fortress. There's some violence, yeah. But it's not bad at all compared to... just about any other first-person shooter ever, really.