History WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids / VideoGames

22nd Sep '17 4:21:57 PM NESBoy
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* VideoGame/FunRun is a game with cute, colorful graphics and {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[TheManyDeathsOfYou Everything]].

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* VideoGame/FunRun is a game with cute, colorful graphics and {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong [[TheManyDeathsOfYou Everything]].
17th Sep '17 5:53:44 PM Technature
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* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' (the Telltale series). It looks like a kid-friendly game on the outside because of the cute animal characters, but the humor is definitely not for kids. Sure, it may not be as bad as other examples on this page, but ''still''.

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* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' (the Telltale series). It looks like a kid-friendly game on the outside because of the cute animal characters, but the humor is definitely not for kids. Sure, it may not be as bad as other examples on this page, but ''still''. The fact that Sam and Max DID have a cartoon for children probably doesn't help in this regard.
1st Sep '17 7:08:37 AM Korodzik
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. At first glance, it looks like an innocent game due to its Pixar-esque artstyle...but then comes the massive amounts of blood and gore. And the jars of urine. And Spy's relationship with Scout's mother according to the official short "Meet the Spy", not to mention the pictures that Spy shows and [[spoiler:his head graphically exploding]]. However, just like with any FPS, you will find many 10-year-old kids playing the game online. [[note]] Although there aren't as many kids playing it as there are Call of Duty and Halo. Some of them have said it looks 'kiddy'[[YouMakeMeSic (sic)]].[[/note]]
** And then comes the "Meet the Pyro" short, in which we find out that as Pyro kills his opponents, [[spoiler:he sees it as him playing around with cherubs in a [[TastesLikeDiabetes magical, colorful world]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. At first glance, it looks like an innocent game due to its Pixar-esque artstyle... but then comes the massive amounts of blood and gore. And the jars of urine. And The supplementary materials contain their own share of child-unfriendly content--including even more graphic violence ([[spoiler:the Spy's relationship with Scout's mother according to the official short "Meet the Spy", not to mention the pictures that Spy shows and [[spoiler:his head graphically exploding]].exploding]] in "Meet the Spy"), sexual references and suggestive imagery ("Meet the Spy", "Expiration Date"), and plain old NightmareFuel ("Meet the Pyro"). However, just like with any FPS, you will find many 10-year-old kids playing the game online. [[note]] Although [[note]]Although there aren't as many kids playing it as there are Call in ''Call of Duty Duty'' and Halo. ''Halo''. Some of them have said it looks 'kiddy'[[YouMakeMeSic 'kiddy' [[YouMakeMeSic (sic)]].[[/note]]
** And then comes the "Meet the Pyro" short, in which we find out that as Pyro kills his opponents, [[spoiler:he sees it as him playing around with cherubs in a [[TastesLikeDiabetes magical, colorful world]].]]
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3rd Aug '17 7:24:20 AM Meyers07TheTroper
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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons, but thanks to the official franchise's ''ridiculously low'' rating restrictions, some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.

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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons, but thanks to the official franchise's ''ridiculously low'' rating restrictions, restrictions and extremely high smartphone adoption, especially in third world countries, some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.
3rd Aug '17 7:21:49 AM Meyers07TheTroper
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** The original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was rated E. ''The original Persona was rated E.'' We're talking about a series with Mara, an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch]] GagPenis. What in YHVH's name was the ESRB thinking!? Later games in the series are generally rated M, so at least they noticed eventually.

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** The original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' was rated E. ''The original Persona was rated E.'' We're talking about a series with Mara, an [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch]] GagPenis. What in YHVH's name was the ESRB thinking!? Later games in the series are generally rated M, M (including Nocturne where in Japan is rated all-ages, in Europe is rated 12+), so at least they noticed eventually.



* In the same vein as ''Call of Duty'' is ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', which has a bit of that ''StarWars''-ish look to it, what with big heroic guys in green space armor gracing the cover. Needless to say, any bit of knowledge of the game makes it clear that it is most definitely ''not'' for children. Of course, being a massive big-name game, children are sure to hear of it and make their parents well aware of that fact, hence you will always - ALWAYS - find at least one 5-year-old playing on Xbox Live with you.

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* In the same vein as ''Call of Duty'' is ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', which has a bit of that ''StarWars''-ish look to it, what with big heroic guys in green space armor gracing the cover. Needless to say, any bit of knowledge of the game makes it clear that it is most definitely ''not'' for children. Of course, being a massive big-name game, children are sure to hear of it and make their parents well aware of that fact, hence you will always - ALWAYS - find at least one 5-year-old playing on Xbox Live with you. Halo 5 Guardians is eventually rated T with the space opera feel highly toned compared to the previous games though.



* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': This fighting game may have beautiful, anime-esque artwork and flashy graphics, but this game was clearly ''not'' meant for kids. The game is full of blood, full-frontal {{fanservice}}, morally gray characters, NightmareFuel, complex character stories, symbolism to religious beliefs, and stuffed to the brim with sexual innuendos. In fact, the first villain is a SatanicArchetype and one of the heroes is a nearly nude CatGirl. This was also one of Capcom's darkest games until ''Resident Evil'' was developed. To be fair though, the "M" rating wasn't as strongly present when the game came out.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': This fighting game may have beautiful, anime-esque artwork and flashy graphics, but this game was clearly ''not'' meant for kids. The game is full of blood, full-frontal {{fanservice}}, morally gray characters, NightmareFuel, complex character stories, symbolism to religious beliefs, and stuffed to the brim with sexual innuendos. In fact, the first villain is a SatanicArchetype and one of the heroes is a nearly nude CatGirl. This was also one of Capcom's darkest games until ''Resident Evil'' was developed. To be fair though, the "M" rating wasn't as strongly present when the game came out. Didn't help that Darkstalkers characters are featured in Marvel vs Capcom, exposing a lot of younger players (which are interested because of the Marvel characters) to the ''MsFanservice''s.
3rd Aug '17 7:16:25 AM Meyers07TheTroper
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* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and its respective sequel and prequel are beautifully cel-animated, which may fool some parents. ''But they are NOT kids games. At. All.'' On top of the gory, bloody explosions, you have characters like [[spoiler: a thirteen-year old girl who witnesses her parent's brutal murder and wants revenge]], a monster who just wants to be accepted and loved by society, an assassin, and a . The game also deals with fairly complex themes like the dark side of capitalism, greed, drug abuse, [[MegaCorp corporate exploitation of the environment]], and grief. The humor is also pretty off-color (though profanity is fairly infrequent). Oh, and there are lots of guns. [[MemeticMutation 87 Bazillion, to be exact.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' and its respective sequel and prequel are beautifully cel-animated, which may fool some parents. ''But they are NOT kids games. At. All.'' On top of the gory, bloody explosions, you have characters like [[spoiler: a thirteen-year old girl who witnesses her parent's brutal murder and wants revenge]], a monster who just wants to be accepted and loved by society, an assassin, and a .a prolonged scene of assisted euthanasia (in which after the father in question hypocritically guilt trip you by calling you a child killer) . The game also deals with fairly complex themes like the dark side of capitalism, greed, drug abuse, [[MegaCorp corporate exploitation of the environment]], and grief. The humor is also pretty off-color (though profanity is fairly infrequent). Oh, and there are lots of guns. [[MemeticMutation 87 Bazillion, to be exact.]]
11th Jul '17 4:55:32 AM 4444jdm
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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons, but some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.

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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons, but thanks to the official franchise's ''ridiculously low'' rating restrictions, some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.
26th Jun '17 1:49:17 PM BalloonKennyBoy24
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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. The concept of a puzzle game with quirky humor, cake, and a metal box with a pink heart on it may sound kid friendly at first, up until the part where you learn that the psychotic AI nerve-gassed every living creature in the facility, [[spoiler:''on Take Your Daughter To Work'' day]]. Oh yes. And there will be blood. Whenever the infamous turrets fire at you, blood splatters on the walls.
** And look, ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has [[Main/SchmuckBait cute little robots that give each other high fives]]! [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Let's see how many ways they can violently kill each other!]] In all fairness, Portal 2 ''does'' have an E10+ rating (meaning it's suitable for older kids), and CERO A (All Ages) in Japan.
** Yet many scientists still say that it's a good thing if your kid plays this game. This has probably to do with the huge amount of three-dimensional thinking that is required to beat a few levels.
26th Jun '17 1:44:16 PM BalloonKennyBoy24
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* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has {{talking animal}}s and has a cartoonish appearance, but is rather bloody and riddled with profanity[[note]]a few words are bleeped out, although words like "shit" and "twat" remain[[/note]], and advancing through parts of the game involve getting drunk, and that's just the start. It does have numerous warnings that it's not meant for anyone under 17, as well as a giant ESRB M-rating on the box; still didn't prevent children from playing it.

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* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has {{talking animal}}s and has a cartoonish appearance, but is rather bloody and riddled with profanity[[note]]a few words profanity[[note]]which is on more of a T level as the stronger profanities are bleeped out, although words like "shit" and "twat" remain[[/note]], censored with symbols[[/note]], and advancing through parts of the game involve getting drunk, and that's just the start. It does have numerous warnings that it's not meant for anyone under 17, as well as a giant ESRB M-rating M-rating[[note]]though is on the lighter side as the game isn't too extreme[[/note]] on the box; still didn't prevent children from playing it.
24th Jun '17 6:16:35 AM 4444jdm
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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons. but some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.

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* The hit AugmentedReality MobilePhoneGame ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' is an unusual inversion of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the usual case]] with other ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games; this game is tailored to the tastes and lifestyles of mainstream adult smartphone users and is [[NintendoHard danger]][[RealityEnsues ous]] for some children (''Pokémon'''s traditional demographic) to play on their own, and the developer, Niantic, enforces this trope by adding a warning pop-up each time the game loads, informing the player not to do dangerous or illegal things like play while driving or trespass onto private properties and dungeons. dungeons, but some children enjoy the game nonetheless and some parents play the game with their kids.
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