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Thursday, July 21, 2005

GTA Gets AO Rating (Prepare for a rant)

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been re-rated by the ESRB to a Adults Only rating. This is a horrible situation for the ESRB to be in, and they chose was an easy way out.

Let us rephrase the previous two sentences: The ESRB bowed to government pressure and changed the rating in order to get good ol' Hilary Clinton (as well as numerous others) to shut up. Of course, those people were calling for censureship, and I'm unsure how they got away with it. What the *@#! happened to democracy?!?! to laissez faire? to capitalism? to it being up to the parents? This is America, home of the most anti-communist people ever to grace the earth! It is practically written into the Constitution that the government won't censure stuff (unless it's for "National Security" or some bullcrap like that).
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Giving GTA an AO rating is just going to keep it out of Wal-Mart, not the internet. If a kid could get their parents/older sibling to buy GTA when it was rated M, what is going to stop the same kid from getting it if it's AO? AO is one year different from M! This will not keep many people from it because of their age. It will just keep it out of the retail stores. Rockstar fears it will loose a crapload of money (Take-Two has had a 6% drop is stock prices already), but I don't think it will be much. All this controversy has likely perked up at least a few curious ears, and people will be buying the game to see what the big deal is.

Rockstar is also planning to re-release GTA "with enhanced security to prevent the 'hot coffee' modifications." Nothing about removing it (but there might be something I'm missing here). This will bump it back into an M rating.

On a related note, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 will come with parental controls/child block. Huh? This is in the same boat!! Chances are very good that parents will not be aware of this feature, and what good will it do? If the parent buys an M rated video game for little Billy, than the feature is pointless! It is simply Microsoft going "Hey look! We're doing something!"

GameSpot.com: GTA gets AO [Read]
The Inquirer: Xbox with Parental Controls [Read]

Via Joystiq, and numerous others.

posted by Tyrantmizar at 4:12 PM | TrackBack |


Meh. If kids really wanted the game, they'd just pirate it off Bittorrent.

I completely agree. Making it pratically banned will just make kids want it more.

to jest zajebista gra:) ja juz przeszedlem:D who will be buy original game??> only stupid men!!! pirates rulez:D

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