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The ESRB is hilarious.

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OK, so the recent Pokemon WiiWare game Pokemon Rumble is basically just a multiplayer top-down fighting game, with pretty much nothing about it that people could find offensive about it other than "oh look, they're fighting!". Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky has a level of violence about as light as Pokemon Rumble... but it's also full of nightmare fuel and even has a character suggest another commit suicide (not in those exact words, but the implications were there). They both have one content descriptor, "Mild Cartoon Violence". Pokemon Rumble is rated E10+. PMD is rated E. Cartoony violence with cute creatures that don't even look realistic is enough to increase the rating, but nightmare-inducing imagery isn't?

I haven't laughed at a rating decision more since the ESRB decided to rate Shadow the Hedgehog E10+ and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which actually has less potentially offensive material, T.

(What makes this worse is that the justification for Pokemon Rumble's E10+ rating is along the lines of "the sound effects can get really loud and intense and could scare small [read: wimpy] children".)
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I think a while ago this myth that the ESRB actually might rate games not only considering the content (Violence, and stuff), but also, that they take into acount the difficulty of the game. That does explain the ratings of some games...
From what I can tell, the ESRB doesn't base its decisions on difficulty, but rather on stuff parents could maybe-kinda-sorta raise a moral stink over.
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Wow... E10+ for SOUND EFFECTS?


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ESRB is pretty dumb in general when it comes to ratings. Thank god I'm old enough that they don't affect me anymore. I can buy whatever the hell I want, even AO games if they were sold anywhere.
Originally posted by FirePhoenix
ESRB is pretty dumb in general when it comes to ratings. Thank god I'm old enough that they don't affect me anymore. I can buy whatever the hell I want, even AO games if they were sold anywhere.


This.

Sometimes the ratings can vary on the style of gameplay. But some of the ratings can be insane.
If I didn't know better I'd say 4 kids just took control of esrb. I mean really, sound effects causing children to be afraid?
I remember a sound effect that didn't cause me to be afraid, but it was an unexpected surprise.

What kind of sound effects would cause them to be afraid? *Airbourne Bubblun goes blank*
Same situation as with the BPjM/USK over here. They probably roll dices to determine the ratings for each game.
Im also suprised Metroid Prime got a T rating for blood even though there is no blood [that i can recall] in that game.

U.K's system is much better instead of mature being 17+, its 15+. makes a lot more sense.
Originally posted by sfuller
Im also suprised Metroid Prime got a T rating for blood even though there is no blood [that i can recall] in that game.


There was plenty of blood in Metroid Prime, but none of it was red, so it got the "Animated Blood" descriptor.
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Actually, I've heard a lot about ESRB's rating process and apparently something along the lines of you giving them your game, telling them what the most offensive parts of it are, tell them what you think the game should be rated, and send them money. So yeah, it's not all ESRB's fault if what I've heard is true.
Originally posted by Kris K3fka
Actually, I've heard a lot about ESRB's rating process and apparently something along the lines of you giving them your game, telling them what the most offensive parts of it are, tell them what you think the game should be rated, and send them money. So yeah, it's not all ESRB's fault if what I've heard is true.

Yes it is, since they should be reviewing the game themselves.

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Well there is one thing...

In todays idiotic world of teenagers, anything with an E rating is "uncool" and "for whimps". If Nintendo can influence the rating of their games, they can use the rating to their advantage. Pokemon Rumble, which would probably ordinarily not attract a broad older audience, might get a touch more buys if rated E10+. I'm guessing Nintendo doesn't want SSBB disacounted as a kiddy game either. So a T rating helps out. Mystery Dungeon, on the pother hand, probably won't get loads of buys from the broad, "mature" audience (Even if you and I would like it). SO an E rating will help it appeal to kids with strict parents.

All my own logic, but it makes sense to me.
Thus meaning that the ESRB have sold out to giving faulty ratings for the sake of more money for the gaming companies?

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Originally posted by Santacus Clausimus
Thus meaning that the ESRB have sold out to giving faulty ratings for the sake of more money for the gaming companies?

Sounds like business to me!
Originally posted by FirePhoenix
Originally posted by Santacus Clausimus
Thus meaning that the ESRB have sold out to giving faulty ratings for the sake of more money for the gaming companies?

Sounds like business to me!

I concur, Dr. Firephoenix. It's been this way for a while, though. The general formula is that Blood and Swear Words = Mature ESRB rating = $$$$.
Originally posted by Diamond Dust Midna
I haven't laughed at a rating decision more since the ESRB decided to rate Shadow the Hedgehog E10+ and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which actually has less potentially offensive material, T.



Because you can totally see peach's panties =3

But yes, being old enough to buy any rated game is incredibly useful.
Snake is in Brawl. That's why it's T rated


Imagine as a kid, seeing a character as cool as Snake, only to buy his game and see this:


As for the Pokemon game being rated e10+, I really wouldn't take ESRB seriously anymore.
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You think the ESRB is stupid? The OFLC didn't include an R rating when they formed in 1993(?) and now the current CEO and Attorney-General of South Australia, Michael Atkinson is considering rigging the elections just so he can attain the right to exile people in support of an R rating. Not to mention he's probably having yaoi with Stephen Conroy, the guy who's in charge of the filter. That's why I decided to make the two join WMG in their quest to conquer the world. I'm making something in RPG Maker VX about it right now.
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