The ESRB have been quietely doing their thing over the past few years, however it seems as though they may have found what they believe is a solution to underage children buying games that they shouldn’t be, facial recognition technology!
How it will work is before buying an age restricted game you will have the option if you don’t have a photo ID on hand to scan your face which will determine your age and decide whether you are old enough or not to purchase a game. It’s an… odd choice that’s for sure, and while the ESRB claims that no photos are saved and they are deleted immediately it still feels like a huge invasion of privacy, let alone if the system gets it wrong, which apparently things like this quite commonly do especially for people who aren’t white. It’s unknown if this will actually go into effect as the pitch to the FTC was very recent, but I suppose we will see if something as invasive and creepy as this does end up becoming commonplace.
That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.