Game Violence And The Rating System
Updated: Feb 7
Good morning my loyal Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab A Buddy Monday. Today I’m doing something completely different. Have you ever wonder why we have a rating system for video games, and when it all started? You would think that since the start of video games, that there would have been a rating system to come along with them, or at least a few years after. Nope, it came much later, and the game that started it all was Mortal Kombat.
Now don’t get me wrong, there have always been violent video games, and even games with sexual content in them. Go look up games such as Death Race and Custer’s Revenge from the 70s and the 80s, and you can see that there has been controversy surrounding video games way back then. So you maybe asking yourself, if this was going on even back then, what made a game like Mortal Kombat stand out? Quite simple, it’s technology.
With Mortal Kombat’s realistic looking characters, that would make each other bleed, and then killing each other with fatalities rubbed people the wrong way. Another game that got caught up in all of thia because of their technology was Night Trap. Due to its use of Full Motion Video (FMV), some of their scenes were deemed to be sexually explicit, but those that actually played the game or watched all of the FMVs in the game know that was total bullshit. These games lead to congressional hearings, and court dates, and lead to the creation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in 1994.
Like many things in the beginning, the ESRB was awful. Luckly, it has gotten much better over the past 24 years. There were horrible ratings, most were unclear in what games were suitable for what age groups. Also, there were no clear description on why a game got a certain rating. Now these days, you can walk into anyplace that sells games, pick one up, flip it over and clearly see what the rating is, and why it got that rating.
Why do I bring all of this up? Because still to this day we have groups out there that attack video games, because they don’t know, or don’t care that there is a rating system. They always come out saying that games are for children, and they shouldn’t be made with so much violence or sexual content in them. News flash, those games are not for children, they are for older teens and adults. Most games like that, you have to prove your age to buy them. Also, most younger kids don’t have money to buy games, so when you we stop blaming the game industry for making games, and start blaming the adults for buying these games for kids? You weren’t smart enough to educate yourself about the game you bought for a little kid,and now that you realized that you screwed up, instead of owning it, you go and cry to the government to clean up your mess? Go Fuck Yourself!
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