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Old 18-07-2009   #1
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ESRB censors violent God of War III videos

The ESRB has pulled and censored several of the more violent God of War III videos

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Old 18-07-2009   #2
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I'm getting sick and tired of hearing the ESRB forcing the censoring of games and re-evaluating games because of fan mods. Do Europeans have these problems, no and there rating system is much less strict on games, only 4% of games there even get an 18+ rating, similar to M and AO ratings here and 12% get a 16+ rating which is similar to the low end of M ratings or high end of Teen ratings, the big one is 3+, 50% of games get that rating, where here eC and E ratings are extremely uncommon these days. See PEGI on Wikipedia.
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I remember the manhunt debacle on the Wii, they slapped it with the kiss of death an AO rating.

I think there needs to be some sorta revision as the categories are pretty broad atm.
Of course some better parenting would help but baby steps right?
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By their standards they already had their big revision, the addition of the E10+ category so games didn't always end up with Teen ratings. The AO problem is annoying though, why in the world is it stores can't simply ask for ID and have these games restricted, perhaps hidden away from sight, similar to the new laws in Ontario over cigarettes (by law, they can't have them out for display, they had to be in cabinets or under the counter out of sight), instead of making game companies censor content just so it can fit the much broader M rating. Movies have restrictions that work successfully, why can't games.
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What I want to see happen is for Rockstar to be ballsy enough to release the next GTA with an AO rating, it'll send shockwaves through the industry because retailers will eat their words and stock it.
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Stores like Walmart wont carry AO. All gamestop needs to do is keep it sealed behind the counter and ask for ID, just like buying porn at a corner store lol. Not that ive done it haha.

As for this i think its EXTREMELY stupid that video games get so much blame for the worlds problems. ESRB is doing what they can but the thing is they are not the ones rating things. They gave an army game a while ago a Teen rating, some group say no way in hell and it got moved up to Mature after "revisions." So the truth its ESRB is stuck either giving everything an M rating or get screwed with all the whiners.

Remember when E for everyone actually existed? Or even HOME got the eC rating and i was wondering what the hell that meant, turns out it actually exists....Now even a spongebob game gets at least E10+ just because of "cartoon violence". Anything that has a gun in it is an auto Teen, even if the guns are not used or are fake. If the guns show blood at all in a realistic way, then its an auto Mature rating. I remeber you could judge an army game if it was good or not based on the rating, Teen means its not realistic and probably sucked, M meant it was more than likely good.
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My favorite rating is Burnout, going through my old Burnout games, looked at Burnout 3 and realized it has a Teen rating as at the time of it's release, E10+ didn't exist, but the reason it got a Teen rating, mild violence, what because you can blow something up, I wonder what eC games are like, must be like those mindless little kid shows you see on TV. Even better is the amount of things that have gotten AO ratings, 23-25 games have got it and the only one that was a console release that wasn't edited later was released for the CD-i, The Joy of (well I think you get the idea), of course information is scarce and according to IGN it wasn't even released but from my I can tell is wasn't even really a game, more of a manual. That's just sad, I mean fine movies there aren't tons of them at a time that are Restricted in theaters but they do get releases and simply require ID to see, what is so hard about requiring that for games, some stores even do that now for M games and current consoles have restriction features so even if you're kids got the games, they still couldn't play them as long as you set them up.
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Stores like Walmart wont carry AO. All gamestop needs to do is keep it sealed behind the counter and ask for ID, just like buying porn at a corner store lol. Not that ive done it haha.

As for this i think its EXTREMELY stupid that video games get so much blame for the worlds problems. ESRB is doing what they can but the thing is they are not the ones rating things. They gave an army game a while ago a Teen rating, some group say no way in hell and it got moved up to Mature after "revisions." So the truth its ESRB is stuck either giving everything an M rating or get screwed with all the whiners.

Remember when E for everyone actually existed? Or even HOME got the eC rating and i was wondering what the hell that meant, turns out it actually exists....Now even a spongebob game gets at least E10+ just because of "cartoon violence". Anything that has a gun in it is an auto Teen, even if the guns are not used or are fake. If the guns show blood at all in a realistic way, then its an auto Mature rating. I remeber you could judge an army game if it was good or not based on the rating, Teen means its not realistic and probably sucked, M meant it was more than likely good.
well.. Wal-Mart is really weird, they also won't carry much metal cds but they will carry rap cds which is just as bad in my opinion, but they probably do it because rap is more popular, which is why they might not carry an AO game, because it might not be all that popular with the general public. Do I agree with this, no, but what can u do, I guess they have to go with whats best for the most people.

I agree with rated m games are better than teen games

Not that anything I just said really has anything to do with the topic
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