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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.
21st Apr '16 1:40:25 AM DreamCord
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* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' is a curious case in that director Ted Miller and BigNameFan Creator/RyanReynolds both wanted the R-rating to really draw from [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} the source material]]--which is a franchise aimed at adults. TwentiethCenturyFox actually [[SubvertedTrope didn't think an R-rating would be profitable]]. In their defense, they based it on the performance of previous R-rated comicbook adaptations on top of the box office successes of the PG-13 counterparts. Fox gave Miller a relatively small budget as a countermeasure, expecting a box office bomb--or at least the film underperforming in terms of profit. The total opposite happened, and now ''Deadpool'' is the highest grossing R-rated comicbook film to date.

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* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' is a curious case in that director Ted Tim Miller and BigNameFan Creator/RyanReynolds both wanted the R-rating to really draw from [[{{SelfDemonstrating/Deadpool}} the source material]]--which is a franchise aimed at adults. TwentiethCenturyFox actually [[SubvertedTrope didn't think an R-rating would be profitable]]. In their defense, they based it on the performance of previous R-rated comicbook adaptations on top of the box office successes of the PG-13 counterparts. Fox gave Miller a relatively small budget as a countermeasure, expecting a box office bomb--or at least the film underperforming in terms of profit. The total opposite happened, and now ''Deadpool'' is the highest grossing R-rated comicbook film to date.
17th Apr '16 11:03:07 AM Tehrannotaur
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But thanks to the success of a few specific M-rated titles, the [[FollowTheLeader clones and copycat titles]] that followed them, and the media attention that followed ''both'', today there is a public perception that developers focus solely on extremely violent titles targeted at "hardcore" gamers (that is, those who believe [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating "G" rated movies]] and "E" rated games are "for kids only"), because hardcore gamers are supposed to be the most profitable demographic. This results in even more attention from {{Media Watchdog}}s and MoralGuardians alike, and if those titles are successful, ultimately [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity reinforces the notion of M-rated titles being the best way to make a top-selling title]], if not a [[CashCowFranchise license to print money]] outright -- in other words, they're just Rated M For Money.

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But thanks to the success of a few specific M-rated titles, the [[FollowTheLeader clones and copycat titles]] that followed them, and the media attention that followed ''both'', today there is a public perception that developers focus solely on extremely violent titles targeted at "hardcore" gamers (that is, those who believe [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating "G" rated movies]] and "E" rated games are "for kids only"), only" and consider those who do watch "G" rated movies and/or play "E" rated games to be a mark of NoTrueScotsman), because hardcore gamers are supposed to be the most profitable demographic. This results in even more attention from {{Media Watchdog}}s and MoralGuardians alike, and if those titles are successful, ultimately [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity reinforces the notion of M-rated titles being the best way to make a top-selling title]], if not a [[CashCowFranchise license to print money]] outright -- in other words, they're just Rated M For Money.
8th Apr '16 8:53:03 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* "Lust, violence, betrayal. ''Franchise/DragonAge'': rated M for mature." That was the ''entirety'' of an ad on this site for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. You'd think they'd at least say what genre the game is. They also call this a "Dark fantasy epic". While it actually ''is'' dark in that it's DarkerAndEdgier than some other games (in that not everyone gets a happy ending), dark ''also'' seems to mean sex themes (including some rather... deviant ones at that), several characters spewing innuendos, blood spattering everywhere, and [[RealIsBrown sometimes strict laws forbidding primary colors in Ferelden]]. One could easily have given the game a "T" rating if they even made everyone not become an utter blood magnet.

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* "Lust, violence, betrayal. ''Franchise/DragonAge'': rated M for mature." That was the ''entirety'' of an ad on this site for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. You'd think they'd at least say what genre the game is. They also call this a "Dark fantasy epic". While it actually ''is'' dark in that it's DarkerAndEdgier than some other games (in that not everyone gets a happy ending), dark ''also'' seems to mean sex themes (including some rather... deviant ones at that), several characters spewing innuendos, blood spattering everywhere, and [[RealIsBrown sometimes strict laws forbidding primary colors in Ferelden]]. One could easily have given the game a "T" rating if they even made everyone not become an utter blood magnet. One of the ads actually used the Manson song "This is the New Shit" while displaying all the bloodiest scenes as basically the whole thing.
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