Ultraviolence and the first AO rated console game

By Spencer . June 19, 2007 . 6:46pm

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Rockstar has been getting a lot of attention today because the ESRB slapped Manhunt 2 with the scarlet letter(s) of the video game world, an AO rating. Retailers like Walmart and Gamestop do not sell games rated AO, which would severely cut Manhunt 2’s sales. Rockstar still has the opportunity to challenge the rating or alter the content of Manhunt 2 so it fits a M rating.

 

Very few games get rated AO and most of them get branded with the rating for “Strong Sexual Content”. Thrill Kill (pictured) is the anomaly of the bunch since it got its AO rating for Animated Blood and Gore and Animated Violence. It was also the first console game to earn an AO rating, which was also the reason that it never made it to store shelves. It was originally going to come out on the PSOne care of Virgin Interactive. However, Electronic Arts bought the publisher out and decided that Thrill Kill isn’t the kind of game they want to release even after a censored M version was produced.

 

If Rockstar decides to let the AO rating stick, it will be the first console game on the market to sell with the label and without a recall like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


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  • Uzumaki Kiba

    Wow. I’d been hearing and hearing these previews saying how the game was so incredibly violent, but… They did that with the first game, and the first game was all sorts of unimpressive. I mean, I wasn’t expecting much, I was just hoping for a solid damage engine and that good over-the-top “Dear god!” kinda violence, but… Meh. It was all pretty average. Even the most brutal kills were tame enough.

    But gettin’ slapped with an AO for violence and gore… That’s pretty impressive right there. Now, if RS decides to just go through with it… Well, I know it seems to follow that no mainstream release will limit the hell out of sales, but.. I dunno, it seems like it could easily become one of those things that sells just for the controversy and shock value. Know what I mean? And I’d have a hell of a lot of respect for the folks involved if they let it go through and take any profit lost in stride, proud of their product… But they’ll most like release some lame censored version…. *sigh*

  • the_importer

    Well, first time for everything. Serves these game developers wannabe right if you ask me. They have the combined creative minds of a rodent, their games are so basic that if you remove the crimes and blood, you’re left with the most boring 3rd person games ever. Rockstar is just targeting the violent beast in people much like Hollywood is doing with cheap action movies.

    Ever since GTA3, I’ve seen countless people buy a PS2 just to play this disgrace to Video Games. These people were never gamer and yet, because they had the chance to do something violent, they bought the system. It’s one thing to buy an XBOX for HALO, I mean even if you remove the blood in an FPS, it’s still a fun strategic game, same goes for fighting games and beat-em-ups. But games like GTA3 and Manhunt, the entire concept revolves around blood and violence.

    I couldn’t care less about game ratings and I know that if I were to purchase an M rated game like HALO to my 9 year godson, that he wouldn’t go around shooting people if he ever found a gun. But then again, I know my godson is not a f$#@%^g retard, so that helps. But considering that I know my godson more than the average parent knows their own kids these days, that’s not good.

    Use the few brain cells you have Rockstar and try making an original game for Wii instead of that #$@&. I know it’s asking for much, but hey, I person can dream right.

  • badfish

    Right on Importer. These games make me sick! I have cousins who called me a “NERD” for gaming. Once Grand theft auto came out, some of my cousins bought a ps2 so they too can shoot cops, and I guess “represent” the hood. People are buying into this ulrat violent kick. Lets face it, any game that has to rely on violence is sure to let you down game play wise. Look at BMX XXX. Thrill Kill. Dead or alive Volleyball. Just piece of @#$%% games.

    THank God, Nintendo is around to produce games that are meaningful.

  • Alexander

    Ha, you guys are funny. Whiles I agree that these game are certainly nothing innovative, you can’t deny that ALOT of people find them fun. Senseless violent gameplay is appealing to alot of gamers, just look at the sales for GTA games. I personally enjoyed all the GTA games, and the first manhunt, so I’m interested in how this game will turn out. And no, I’m not some retarded-angry-violent person in real life, and neither is my little(16yo) brother who loves these games as well. I guess we don’t take them as seriously as you two do, because we both know they’re just entertainment in the form videogames.

    “THank God, Nintendo is around to produce games that are meaningful.”

    Riiiiight.

  • the_importer

    Ha, you guys are funny. Whiles I agree that these game are certainly nothing innovative, you can’t deny that ALOT of people find them fun. Senseless violent gameplay is appealing to alot of gamers, just look at the sales for GTA games. I personally enjoyed all the GTA games, and the first manhunt, so I’m interested in how this game will turn out. And no, I’m not some retarded-angry-violent person in real life, and neither is my little(16yo) brother who loves these games as well. I guess we don’t take them as seriously as you two do, because we both know they’re just entertainment in the form videogames.

    Tell me my good man, without the crimes and blood, would you still find these games “Fun” enough to purchase (even at a discounted price)?

  • Alexander

    Committing crimes is central to the gameplay, so without being able to do that, there’s pretty much no game, so of course I wouldn’t find it fun. Without the blood , which adds to the immersion into the gameplay experience, I still would find this game fun.

    The fact is GTA’s gameplay is solid, and fun. Just look at all the reviews, and player reviews. They’ve all received excellent reviews, which I think they should.

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a next-gen version.

  • the_importer

    Committing crimes is central to the gameplay, so without being able to do that, there’s pretty much no game, so of course I wouldn’t find it fun.

    Pretty much answers my question. Thank you

  • Alexander

    Well, it was a pretty stupid question, since the answer was obvious.

    Ok Jack Thompson, What, am I suppose to feel guilty or stupid for enjoying violence in a GOOD game.

    Why am I even waisting my time with you. I regret reading that stupidass rant of first post you made. :(

  • the_importer

    Well, it was a pretty stupid question, since the answer was obvious.

    Ok Jack Thompson, What, am I suppose to feel guilty or stupid for enjoying violence in a GOOD game.

    Why am I even waisting my time with you. I regret reading that stupidass rant of first post you made. :(

    No, you’re suppose to feel guilty for playing something that’s a insult to video games. Just like Steven Seagull movies aren’t really movies, GTA and Manhunt aren’t really games and I feel that it’s an insult putting these POS in the same category. Hell, even Mortal Kombat is a real game compare to these.

  • Alexander

    Lmao :) Dude, your funny. You have idea what your talking about. I could waist more time arguing with you, but I won’t bother.

  • the_importer

    Lmao :) Dude, your funny. You have idea what your talking about. I could waist more time arguing with you, but I won’t bother.

    No respect for the games man, no respect.

  • badfish

    I know I’am in the minority when saying this but I stand by what I believe. I feel violent games in gerenal, dont do ONE positive thing in life.

    A game isn’t funny anymore, when a loved one of yours is dead, thanks to guns, robbery, drug overdose etc. I feel these games are only hurtful.

    P.S. I’am no hippie ethier, just someone who has lost a family member to “activities” that GTA and other violent games portray. Yes, its just a game, I know that. Still I personally hate seeing this $#% that killed a family members life and then seeing some 14yr acting out this on GTA thinking its cool.

    Sorry my friends, thats just wrong.

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