EQ2 Op/Ed: Rate My Game: The Morality of Gaming

Rated "E" for Editorial
Rated "E" for Editorial

So what makes an "M" rated game mature? Does anyone REALLY know? MMOGs have been lucky for the most part, having not gained the sometimes irrational attention of the morality police in rating guidelines, but it isn't too big of a leap from attacking Mass Effect for adult content to nagging about the long term social implications of killing iksars in Norrath. Platform games have had it rough and now Savanja editorializes why the ESRB isn't all it should be and why it needs to be fixed.

The unfortunate part in all of this is the limited knowledge the ESRB has and how many find it completely appropriate that they pound their gavel in judgment knowing next to nothing about any given game. They might actually play the game, but it isn't a requirement of their rating process, so chances are they rated the game without having ever actually experiencing it.

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Karen is H.D.i.C. (Head Druid in Charge) at EQHammer. She likes chocolate chip pancakes, warm hugs, gaming so late that it's early, and rooting things and covering them with bees. Don't read her Ten Ton Hammer column every Tuesday. Or the EQHammer one every Thursday, either.
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