Good evening, everyone!~
It's time for Daniel to make yet another of his rambling opinion journals, because why not?
No but seriously, this is something I think is interesting, and I just want to talk about it. Let's talk about age ratings (video games namely)!
So I own a ton of games, on my 360, my PC, and even my older consoles. And funny enough, I think out of the dozens and dozens of games I own, I can name the number that are rated E
on one hand.
The E rated games I own on my PC and Xbox are as follows: Portal 2, Freedom Planet, Shovel Knight, Cave Story and Thomas Was Alone. That's it. The T rated
games I own are even less strangely. Every other game I own and play is M rated
That is not intentional at all to be honest. It's just that my general tastes tend to run towards games that are rated M. And even my E rated games are mostly E10+.
I remember way back when Portal 2 was announced as E10, instead of T like the first game, and a number of people flipped out, and started calling it "babified" and "watered down", despite the fact that it really wasn't. Portal's humor has always been fairly dark, and Portal 2 had tons of humor like that as well.
There does seem to be, at least to me, a bit of a stigma against the E rating. Most often, the average person sees an E rating and assumes it is "for kids". Which baffles me to be honest. Some of the darkest games I've played were rated E of all things. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
is one of the darkest games I've ever played, yet it got away with an E rating (later E10).
Another game I've been playing a lot of lately, Freedom Planet
, is also E10. Yet it features a pretty brutal torture scene of all things.
Yet take an M rated game like Duke Nukem Forever
or Ride to Hell
, which are some of the stupidest and most juvenile games I've ever seen, and not in a good way. Seriously, Duke Nukem Forever is just awful in every way.
At the same time though, there are M rated games that very much deserve the M rating, in terms of say violence or language, yet somehow manage to pull off a silly lighthearted tone. Team Fortress 2
and South Park Stick of Truth
come to mind for me (just two examples of course).
And then you have those rare creatures that can do both at once, both have a dark serious side and a silly, absurd side. The Fallout series
stick out as an example to me. To give context to what I mean, Fallout New Vegas (as just an example) is a game that deals pretty seriously with subjects like slavery, rape, addiction and murder in a fairly mature and tactful way, yet it is also a game where you can make people explode with just a single pistol bullet and melt people into piles of goo with plasma.
Of course, the ESRB is a strange, strange board that makes weird, weird descsions on game ratings. I remember when Phoniex Wright: Dual Destinies
recieved an M rating, and I still for the life of me can't figure out why. :/ I guess maybe for the implications of a child killing her mother...but still it was only hinted and never shown.
Ah but I'm getting off track I think. My question for you is this: check at all of your games and see how many are E rated, T rated, etc, I'd love to know. Are you like me, and mostly play M games? Or are you the opposite, and most of your games are E? Or somewhere in between?
Hope you are all having a lovely evening, and as always if you read this, thank you! You're awesome! And I love you.