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Old 08-17-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Discussion About Video Game Ratings In The U.S.

I have been thinking about this for some time. Remember the "Hot Coffee" mod fiasco with GTA San Andreas? Well it got me to thinking, why is sexual content looked down upon so heavily in America? The media has no problem with showing extremely violent images, but sexual content is off limits.

The ratings board has no problem with players killing cops, slitting throats, and causing mayhem, like in GTA San Andreas, or having a guy get his head literally ripped from his shoulders (God Of War III), but as soon as a rather crude and horribly animated sex game (in which the characters are still clothed btw) is put into the game, the rating jumps from Mature to Adults Only?

This is a question that goes outside the realm of video games and into the general media, but I thought I'd discuss it here.

What are your thoughts on why this is in America? Why is extreme violence and gore seemingly accepted more than sexually explicit content?
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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IDK, Americans are very leary when it comes to sex and nudity in popular media like hollywood movies and video games, but hoard violence. A bunch of gun toting prudes.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #3
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Great topic O.P

I think this actually has more to do with other forms of entertainment and here's why.

There has always "seemed" to be a double culture regarding sexually explicit content.

On the one hand you have this rooted idea of conservative values where nudity is obscene. And on the other we spend billions a year on adult entertainment.

I think we have become desensitised to violence where as nudity and scenes of a sexual nature still continue to shock. Films and TV have progressively become more violent from decade to decade. With each new generation we are becoming comfortable with violence on our screens.

Nudity however, specifically sex has always been considered somewhat of a taboo. With the gaming market which is still seen by many as targeted towards children. Giving players the chance to interact in a sex scene is essentially ahead of it's time regardless of the fact that the rest of the game is adult themed.

When nudity and sex becomes less censored in TV and Film. We will become less horrified by what we deem inappropriate thus affecting the rating scale you mentioned.


P.S TV in France has topless women in day time TV adverts! I wonder how that would go down in America and over here in the U.K?
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:30 PM   #4
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Us Americans are such ******* now a days.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:59 AM   #5
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Violence is, acording to some jew thinkers, in all of us. I don't remember it being there when I was a kid, but **** ITS THERE and if i wouldn't watch violent films and play violent games, i would end up like this with some guy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_rJwHQScVM#t=3m07s

So it's better being weak when some muslim who never ever played games comes at you and wants to **** you up, then to not be weak. That might get you hurt.

Sexuality, though, when you were a gentle child, and were thinking sexual thoughts without thinking about actual penetration, IS SO ****ING BAD. YOU WILL END UP A WANKER IF YOU'LL HAVE SEX.

But seriously, adult sex has no place in kids stuff. It corrupts a childs worldview.. Adult sex is violent. Thus, ratings. Guys, porn is bad.
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Default Re: Discussion About Video Game Ratings In The U.S.

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Violence is, acording to some jew thinkers, in all of us. I don't remember it being there when I was a kid, but **** ITS THERE and if i wouldn't watch violent films and play violent games, i would end up like this with some guy, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_rJwHQScVM#t=3m07s

So it's better being weak when some muslim who never ever played games comes at you and wants to **** you up, then to not be weak. That might get you hurt.

Sexuality, though, when you were a gentle child, and were thinking sexual thoughts without thinking about actual penetration, IS SO ****ING BAD. YOU WILL END UP A WANKER IF YOU'LL HAVE SEX.

But seriously, adult sex has no place in kids stuff. It corrupts a childs worldview.. Adult sex is violent. Thus, ratings. Guys, porn is bad.

I agree, which is why there is no reason it shouldn't be allowed in a rated M game.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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I agree, which is why there is no reason it shouldn't be allowed in a rated M game.
Exactly. Kids shouldn't be playing these mature games in the first place. It's funny how there's those parents that freak out publically that there's violence or sex in their kids M Rated video games. For christs sake, your children live under you, control what they're watching and playing in your home.

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Us Americans are such ******* now a days.

Us Americans have a long history of being prudes with double standards. It's not now days, it's just the way things have always been here.
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