Ok yuo all know my stance on the subject. But some people just get on my nerves. This is not political talking, i could care less who said it, they are 100% wrong in their views on the subject. They talk about games they do not know about or even play, and they mislead the general public.
Take: Leland Yee. (source of rant: Link) Mr. Yee believes that the game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is not for children. He does not approve of the violence in the game. (Well technically the violence and sex, but we will talk about that later). He feels that with the amount of violence in tha gem, it should be adults only. and that ESRB, a board of people who rate games should rate it accordingly. And you know what they did. They game the game a "M" rating. That means that nobody under 17 can purchase the game. Nor an they play it without adult's alloing them to. But for some unknown reason Mr. Yee wants GTA: SA rated AO, Adults Only. Thus means: "[from www.esrb.org] 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.".
I have played GTA: SA and it has none of this. Violence is not over the top. Frankly its very minimal compared to other games in the FPS genre like Manhunt and Soldier of Fortune. But doe he go after them to get them AO? No becuase this person wants publicity only, so why go after a sevberal year old game?
You want to know what he vbases the nudity and sex on? Leftover code in the game files. Yup, this stuff never, ever appears in the game. The only way to acess them is to crack the code and use a illegal 3rd party software to get it. Evenm then according to those who have played it its very buggy and obviously thrown out before it was even completed.
There is no way this should give the game a AO rating.
Nuditty? None. All strippers wear clothing or undergarments. Same with Hookers. You pick up a hooker in your car? The camera goes to the bumper of the car and you see it bounce. That is all. No nudity or even people steaming up windows is seen.
The game is already illegal for minors to purchase. so what will this person accomplish by making it AO? The same people who cna buy the game as a M are allowed to buy it as AO. The only thing is at home AO, children are not allowed to play it.
This transitions me to another tppoic that i have been tlaking about for a while. This is the same thing that happened to Comic books. For some idiotic reason the average Adult feels that video games are for children. They do not believe that video games are made for adults or teenagers. So they buy them for their kid thinking its a safe thing for them to play. They cannot be more wrong. The average game nowadays is not made for even teenagers. They are made for people in the 20-50 market. Take a look at your average store shelf. A majority of the games are rated M or Teen.
The only games that are rates Everybody or safe for kids are the simulation sim city type games and those in the isle with big pictures of spongbob on the cover.
By tagging a game with Ao they will cause the game to fail. Very, very few game shops will carry a AO only game, especially Wal-mart, the biggest game seller out there.
These people who never play the games they rant on talk big, and try to mislead the average citizen, and it just anoys me to heck. Leave the games alone. The se games are not making your child pick up a guin and shoot people. Yopur kid is already messed up in the head, it is your fault for letting them play the game you had to buy for them. It is your fault for not recognizing the problems in your child. Do not blam them on some game manufacturer. There is not a single game out there telling kids to shoot a poliece man in real life. None. So get off our backs and go do something with your time thats worth something that will actually do something.
In the end the thing this guy is proposing is stupoid. Remmebre the game is already illegal for anyone under 17 to purchase. So whats the point of making it Adult only? Is he going to have a poliece man stand next to every single computer in america making sure that people who buy AO games never let their teenage kid look at it?