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I think the rating has a meaning; for example "extreme" games like Hatred (that have that rating for obvious reasons) and some more nudity type games (almost pornographic line). But, the rating it has a point, but the underline question is ; what is the major difference between A and M games? Some games are classified M but have a LOT more in-depth content that should make it A.
My point being; Is the ESRB system still valid in the new age of gaming?
"Click to agree that you are at least 18 years old." Porn is available to everyone with internet. I don't say it's right, but it's reality. How would they controll age on games anyway?
I totally agree, in this new age, people can look and play anything on the internet with few restrictions that can be by-passed or lied to.
The US rating system makes no sense to me, a 17+ (M) and a 18+ (AO). As if that 1 year made much of a difference...
I agree with CommanderDef, if they don't want problems because they hosted AO games (obviously, in this case, Hatred), they should have just put a warning, either exactly what he said or made it so it requires an account to confirm your age (like Youtube does).
I think the Brazilian system is better organized (I'm not being biased). Compare them if you want:
I've never cared about ratings and I don't intend to but I still think that stating what a game has within it is a good idea.
Also some AO rated games like Hatred have violence that is really overrated. The pixels lack story, context, character, etc and thus get reduced to nothing buy pixels for points. Whereas in other games I would actually feel terrible for killing someone, Hatred's gameplay really seems like the game would not affect me in any way.
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