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9th Aug '16 10:19:42 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Similarly, barring some occasional swearing, the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise is a little too tame for an M rating. There's very little gore, and most of its violence is actually pretty cartoon-like. Owing to its goal to make it a mainstream-friendly game, Bungie's new game ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' got a T rating, just as planned. And now, it's fifth installment, ''Guardians'', has received a T rating.

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* Similarly, barring some occasional swearing, the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise is a little too tame for an M rating. There's very little gore, and most of its violence is actually pretty cartoon-like. Owing to its goal to make it a mainstream-friendly game, Bungie's new game ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}'' got a T rating, just as planned. And now, it's fifth installment, ''Guardians'', has received cartoon-like; in fact, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' ended up getting a T rating.
27th Jul '16 6:58:30 PM rjd1922
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* The FanTranslation by [=DeJap=] for ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' certainly seemed to believe this. The game is more or less "T" rated at ''worst''; however, [=DeJap=] thought it would have been more interesting if they had made it a bit more "M" rated, so they peppered the translation with unnecessary sex jokes and swears. People actually [[MisBlamed cried that the Game Boy Advance version was bowdlerized, when there weren't any sex jokes or swears to bowdlerize in the first place]]. Some of the sex jokes (most infamously the scene where Arche has a sex dream about Cress) existed in the original. The FanTranslation just made it them a hell of a lot less subtle.

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* The FanTranslation by [=DeJap=] for ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' certainly seemed to believe this. The game is more or less "T" rated at ''worst''; however, [=DeJap=] thought it would have been more interesting if they had made it a bit more "M" rated, so they [[SpiceUpTheSubtitles peppered the translation with unnecessary sex jokes and swears.swears]]. People actually [[MisBlamed cried that the Game Boy Advance version was bowdlerized, when there weren't any sex jokes or swears to bowdlerize in the first place]]. Some of the sex jokes (most infamously the scene where Arche has a sex dream about Cress) existed in the original. The FanTranslation just made it them a hell of a lot less subtle.
12th Jul '16 4:31:19 PM dmeagher13
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* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' probably would've gotten an E rating (or at least a lower-end E10+) were it not for [[ObligatorySwearing the half-dozen mild swears]] punctuating every other remark throughout the script, apparently just to secure a higher rating. Ironically, the game was originally going to be rated T for teen, but when the ESRB decided to implement E10+, the game was ''[[InvertedTrope toned down]]'' to meet that rating.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' probably would've gotten an E rating (or at least a lower-end E10+) were it not for [[ObligatorySwearing the half-dozen mild swears]] and insertion of realistic-looking guns (there's still only AlienBlood, however, and you can't kill any of the human enemies, only incapacitate them) punctuating every other remark throughout the script, apparently just to secure a higher rating. Ironically, the game was originally going to be rated T for teen, but when the ESRB decided to implement E10+, the game was ''[[InvertedTrope toned down]]'' to meet that rating.
21st Jun '16 1:59:34 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** ''State of Emergency'', a game that attempts to simulate what it's like to be caught in the middle of a riot, started off with the premise of trying to strategically incite a riot among a disgruntled crowd but eventually shifted to an action game (that takes place in an ongoing riot) with lots of gore, likely due to this trope. Indeed, it is a Rockstar Games-published title.

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** ''State of Emergency'', a Rockstar-published title, is a game that attempts to simulate what it's like to be caught in the middle of a riot, started off with the premise of trying to strategically incite a riot among a disgruntled crowd but eventually shifted to an action game (that takes place in an ongoing riot) with lots of gore, likely partly due to this trope. Indeed, it trope and, ironically, partly due to placating MoralGuardians who might find the original idea repellent (the side effect of this is a Rockstar Games-published title.half-assed, FridgeLogic-heavy plot that has you heroically protesting an evil MegaCorp [[DesignatedHero by destroying property and murdering panicked citizens]]).
17th Jun '16 1:20:00 PM AkiTendo
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** In the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and Game Gear versions, however, there are codes to reactivate the blood effects. In fact, the Genesis version is what prompted Nintendo to help create the ESRB in the first place. That, and their rather transparent plan to kill off Sega by making their products unreleasable a la EC Comics when the Comics Code Authority was instituted. Thank goodness it backfired in Nintendo's face, due to the fact that more people bought the Genesis version than the Super Nintendo version, which led to Nintendo porting ''Mortal Kombat 2'' unaltered.

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** In the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis and Game Gear versions, however, there are codes to reactivate the blood effects. In fact, the Genesis version is what prompted Nintendo to help create the ESRB in the first place. That, and their rather transparent plan to kill off Sega by making their products unreleasable a la EC Comics when the Comics Code Authority was instituted. Thank goodness it backfired in Nintendo's face, due to the fact that more people bought the Genesis version than the Super Nintendo version, which led to Nintendo porting allowing ''Mortal Kombat 2'' to be ported unaltered.
11th Jun '16 9:00:30 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''Splatterhouse 3'' was advertised as "the kind of game rating systems were invented for." (It received a MA-13 rating.)

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* ** ''Splatterhouse 3'' was advertised as "the kind of game rating systems were invented for." (It received a MA-13 rating.))
** The 2010 game goes out of its way to crank up the gore and even includes nude pictures of Jennifer. InUniverse, the [[FourthWallObserver Terror Mask]] lampshades this trope:
-->''See?'' This ''is the type of shit that got us an M-Rating.''


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* Averted with ''VideoGame/{{Roundabout}}'', in which the developers were baffled by the M-rating the game got. The rating was for its blood (which is nothing more than splashes of red and no gore, though in admittedly high quantity) and for use of drugs (No Goblin assured that what the protagonist eats are candy, although drug-related jokes and lampshading are made).
3rd Jun '16 3:45:03 PM Assassin-sensei
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* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' has "CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE" in big letters right next to the rest of the game's selling points on the front of the box. While played straight in the UK with the 18+ rating, it only got a T rating from the ESRB.
28th May '16 8:05:26 PM nombretomado
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* An article promoting ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: War in the North'' in PlayStation Magazine had the fact that the developers were aiming for an M rating plastered all over the article like it was all that mattered.

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* An article promoting ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: War in the North'' in PlayStation [=PlayStation=] Magazine had the fact that the developers were aiming for an M rating plastered all over the article like it was all that mattered.
16th May '16 6:21:30 AM skidoo23
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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' has been at the center of the controversy, especially after the discovery of the "Hot Coffee" data in ''San Andreas'', which, if unlocked by a modification, allows one to see two characters having sex. Note that this data was DummiedOut, requiring a cheat device or a software patch that the games maker did ''not'' release to be seen in gameplay. Copies that had said data in them were bumped up to the rarely seen "AO" rating.

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** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' has been at the center of the controversy, especially after the discovery of the "Hot Coffee" data in ''San Andreas'', which, if unlocked by a modification, allows one to see two characters having sex. Note that this data was DummiedOut, requiring a cheat device or a software patch that the games maker did ''not'' release to be seen in gameplay. Copies that had said data in them were bumped up to the rarely seen "AO" rating. Ironically, later games ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' contained graphic sexual scenes (including full frontal male and female nudity) and sexual language, yet were released with M as, by the time they came out, sexual content in games had become more commonplace; the "Hot Coffee" mini-game in ''San Andreas'' is tame by comparison.



* The FullMotionVideo boom of the early 1990s produced the "mature" and overtly voyeuristic games ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' (which bore the pre-ESRB MA-17 rating) and ''VideoGame/{{Voyeur}}'' (which opened with a content lock-out screen). The M-rated ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}'', with its well-publicized rape scene, produced record sales for Creator/{{Sierra}}.

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* The FullMotionVideo boom of the early 1990s produced the "mature" and overtly voyeuristic games ''VideoGame/NightTrap'' (which bore the pre-ESRB MA-17 rating) and ''VideoGame/{{Voyeur}}'' (which opened with a content lock-out screen). The M-rated ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}'', with its well-publicized rape scene, produced record sales for Creator/{{Sierra}}. ''The 11th Hour'', a sequel to ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', had its script published as a book, revealing the plan to include a sex scene, but the final game as released didn't include the scene (though it still featured some suggestive FMV material).
9th May '16 1:25:35 PM GuyYouMetOnline
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* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' included a several minutes long scene of full-on puppet sex just so the film could get bumped up to the R rating.
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