Saturday, March 29, 2008

Why the immaturity about mature content in games?

We all know how it goes. A game like Manhunt 2 comes along, and people are refusing to sell it or even have it released on their consoles. So a man's testicles can be ripped out with a pair of pliers. So you can smash a guy's head in with whatever you pick up. So what? All this crap and more goes down in movies like Hostel and Saw. Is the interactivity the big deal here?

I've never played Manhunt 2, but I've experienced the incredibly lifelike controls in The Godfather: Blackhand Edition. I've choked guys with the garrote wire, slammed heads into walls and chucked people off of the roof of a building. Game controls can't get much better than that, and I don't see myself tossing someone off the edge of a roof any time soon.

And look at the big stink that was raised when "Hot Coffee" was found in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. There's a sex scene that lasts almost no time at all accessible only by use of a cheating device. But wham bam subpoena ma'am, hell is raised by the whole freaking country. And for what? Two fictional (Not to mention pixelated) characters go bumping uglies for twelve seconds. Big whoop. All you see is two people rubbing up against each other, while they still appear to be almost full clothed. Suggestive thrusting and a bit of button mashing, and the damn thing's over already. Come on.

The same thing could happen for a minute in a big name movie, and it would be released without a single word said. I'll grant that the Hot Coffee scene was in contrast to the game's M 17+ rating, but beyond that, there's no reason at all to have even spoke about it. And like I said, it was a normally inaccessible bit of code. Rockstar didn't even intend for players to find it! One horny nerd picks it out of the code and WHAM! The world goes crazy.

I wonder what would happen if a full-on pornographic game was released in North America. That kind of stuff comes out weekly in Japan, but over here I feel it would be a different story. I wonder if they'd stock it in adult video stores? That's how I think it should be done. Or maybe in a special part of any game store, in a drawer or cupboard behind the counter. Then people could just request it, flash their ID and buy it. That way you don't have any chance of a parent accidentally buying it for their kid. Easy as that.

I really think that gaming should have just as few limits as any other medium, but for some reason, that just isn't true. It seems that in order for games with such content to be accepted, some people just have to grow up.

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