Sunday, November 13, 2011

The SteamWorks: Trolls Gonna Troll... (PG-13)

Hey Gang,

There are a TON of people that "profile" a game based off its ESRB rating. It really makes me angry sometimes, being a gamer who plays a lot of rated 'E' or 'E+10' games. So let me say this:

For the trolls out there who think 'E' games are extremely "homosexual" and dumb, but haven't even given many of them a chance (games like Wizard101, Free Realms (ok, so I'm not a big fan of this game, but it counts), and the LEGO games are all great examples), you need to shut your god-damned mouths. Sure, these games are aimed towards children; that is fact and there's no denying that. But at the same time, they're an E (10+) game. For those of you who don't know what 'E' means in the ESRB rating system, let me define it for you:

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.

That's directly from the ESRB Rating System Page, by the way...

As you can see, it has content for people of the age of 10 and older. So some of you might be saying, "Well, rated 'M' games are exclusively for players 17 and older, since children below that age cannot purchase the game. So you're not going to find any children playing the game anyway."

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.

Again, directly pulled off the ESRB Rating System Page...

As you can see, it has content that "may be suitable" for an audience of age 17 or up. This means, with the permission of an adult, a child may buy this game and play the hell out of it. So rated 'M' games still contain a content of children. The rating that "Mature Trolls" (Ha, that's kind of a paradox, isn't it?) really want is this:

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.

Sounds like an interactive porn to me (ok, so there are some legit AO games out there, don't shoot me; just pointing something out... ever hear of the Rape Game that was only released in Japan?). And do you know what the funny part is? A parent could still purchase this game and give it to their child if they so desired. So there really is no escaping children when it comes to gaming. You have to make the best of what you have and suck it up. It's your choice if you don't want to play a certain game, and don't make fun of the people who actually enjoy it.

Peter, The SteamWorks

P.S: A word on the (possibly upcoming contest)...

The Project: Better Dolphin Team is still debating on whether or not we want to hold the contest I was discussing in one of my earlier posts. There should be more word on this soon. If there is a contest, it probably won't be too challenging, so ... yeah ... thanks!

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