History WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids / VideoGames

8th Aug '16 6:02:00 PM BlizzardeyeWonder
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* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'': Despite its cute designs, it was clearly not for kids as it is a very violence game where you had to shoot people to win.

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* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'': Despite its cute designs, it was clearly not for kids as it is a very violence violent game where you had to shoot people to win.
18th Jul '16 1:16:47 PM ReynTime250
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' is an action game and beat em up that involves of a witch that beats up Angels to save the universe which seems completely fine for kids. Said witch is [[{{Fanservice}} heavily sexualized]] and there involves [[{{Gorn}} gory Torture Attacks and Climax Attacks]] as well as lots of swearing from a couple of the characters.
17th Jul '16 2:36:25 PM PrincessGwen
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* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' may hail from a franchise driven by toys but don't let that fool you into thinking that this game is kid-friendly. This is easily the darkest the Transformers has ever gotten, with loads of FamilyUnfriendlyDeath, ''robot blood'', overall depressing story, and Anti-war message, which isn't surprising as this game is connected to [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime TF:Prime]], itself a very dark series. Have we also mentioned that this might be one of the ''very few'' times the ''Decepticons'' were portrayed in a morally grey manner?

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* ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron'' may hail from a franchise driven by toys but don't let that fool you into thinking that this game is kid-friendly. This is easily the darkest the Transformers has ever gotten, with loads of FamilyUnfriendlyDeath, ''robot blood'', overall depressing story, and Anti-war anti-war message, which isn't surprising as this game is connected to [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime TF:Prime]], itself a very dark series. Have we also mentioned that this might be one of the ''very few'' times the ''Decepticons'' were portrayed in a morally grey manner?



*** Then there's the playable Red Hood, who's primary gadget is always an instant kill, and who breaks his enemies necks to silently take them out. While the player could kill his enemies as Joker in Arkham Asylum, his kills were limited to one handgun shot and takedowns still had some humor value.

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*** Then there's the playable Red Hood, who's whose primary gadget is always an instant kill, and who breaks his enemies necks to silently take them out. While the player could kill his enemies as Joker in Arkham Asylum, his kills were limited to one handgun shot and takedowns still had some humor value.



* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' falls into the category of being a game that would likely be passed off by parents as being a cartoon and for their kids. Just a few moments of playing said game and seeing the heavy cussing, violent situations and heavy use of sex jokes, should show anyone that that it's not for kids. Heck, just looking at the rating the game got, M for Mature [16+ in the UK], would tell parents its not for kids.

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* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' falls into the category of being a game that would likely be passed off by parents as being a cartoon and for their kids. Just a few moments of playing said game and seeing the heavy cussing, violent situations and heavy use of sex jokes, should show anyone that that it's not for kids. Heck, just looking at the rating the game got, M for Mature [16+ in the UK], would tell parents its it's not for kids.



* One of the early 3D M-Rated games called ''VideoGame/ShadowMan''. This game would go as far as to slap into your face with [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091023051929/vsrecommendedgames/images/9/98/Shadow-man-n64.jpg its cover art]] that it is not intended for kids, for good reasons. It is a gory action-adventure game that was filled to the brim with references to life, death and murder and the game itself used Voodoo Mythology for its setting, which meant it was filled with very intense NightmareFuel. The problem is that it was action-adventure, so people thought it would just be as dark as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', which is dark enough for a kids game.

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* One of the early 3D M-Rated games called ''VideoGame/ShadowMan''. This game would go as far as to slap into your face with [[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20091023051929/vsrecommendedgames/images/9/98/Shadow-man-n64.jpg its cover art]] that it is not intended for kids, for good reasons. It is a gory action-adventure game that was filled to the brim with references to life, death and murder and the game itself used Voodoo Mythology for its setting, which meant it was filled with very intense NightmareFuel. The problem is that it was action-adventure, so people thought it would just be as dark as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', which is dark enough for a kids kid's game.



* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is an interesting case of this. It ''was'' aiming for an teen audience based on the popularity of [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker and Edgier]] FPS's like CallOfDuty, but they figured that Sonic game made for adults wouldn't sell, so they toned it down for kids. It was still very dark, however, leading it to fall under [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the opposite trope]] instead.
* ''VideoGame/{{Vexx}}'' is one of those games that was released during the height in popularity of 3D-platformers, so everyone who saw it assumed it was for kids. It features gore, genocide and slavery. Suddenly it becomes painfully obvious why the game got a T-rating.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' is an interesting case of this. It ''was'' aiming for an a teen audience based on the popularity of [[DarkerAndEdgier Darker and Edgier]] FPS's like CallOfDuty, but they figured that Sonic game made for adults wouldn't sell, so they toned it down for kids. It was still very dark, however, leading it to fall under [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids the opposite trope]] instead.
* ''VideoGame/{{Vexx}}'' is one of those games that was released during the height in popularity of 3D-platformers, so everyone who saw it assumed it was for kids. It features gore, genocide and slavery. Suddenly Suddenly, it becomes painfully obvious why the game got a T-rating.



* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'': Despite it's cute designs, it was clearly not for kids as it is a very violence game where you had to shot people to win.

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* ''VideoGame/CannonFodder'': Despite it's its cute designs, it was clearly not for kids as it is a very violence game where you had to shot shoot people to win.



* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' is another superhero game with incredibly heavy mature content that our heroes have to confront. However, that doesn't stop younger gamers from getting actively involved with the gritty story anyway. In the main campaign, ''Superman'' of all characters pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[AxCrazy goes on a killing spree]], becoming an EvilOverlord conquering the entire universe. For bonus points, the story opens up with the man in blue ''shoving his arm into the Joker'' to avenge his murdered wife Lois Lane and Metroplois. The game features an abundance of blood, morality issues, sexual innuendos frequently dropped between certain characters, and naturally violent moves to act as finishes. It should say a lot that the game was developed by the creators of ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.

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* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' is another superhero game with incredibly heavy mature content that our heroes have to confront. However, that doesn't stop younger gamers from getting actively involved with the gritty story anyway. In the main campaign, ''Superman'' of all characters pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[AxCrazy goes on a killing spree]], becoming an EvilOverlord conquering the entire universe. For bonus points, the story opens up with the man in blue ''shoving his arm into the Joker'' to avenge his murdered wife Lois Lane and Metroplois.Metropolis. The game features an abundance of blood, morality issues, sexual innuendos frequently dropped between certain characters, and naturally violent moves to act as finishes. It should say a lot that the game was developed by the creators of ''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
25th Jun '16 10:20:34 PM SaraJaye
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* The ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series may be high fantasy with bright, colorful graphics, but it's also filled with war, murder, racism, genocide, rape and incest, ''especially'' the Jugdral series. The only reason that these games have never been rated higher than T is that it's never shown, just spoken about and implied. There's a reason the first few games didn't [[NoExportForYou make it out of Japan]]. Even ''Blazing Sword'', the very first ''Fire Emblem'' game released internationally and which was rated E in its original release, has direct references to human trafficking and implied RapeAsBackstory before you've even left the tutorial chapters.

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* The ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series may be high fantasy with bright, colorful graphics, but it's also filled with war, murder, racism, genocide, rape and incest, ''especially'' the Jugdral series. The only reason that these games have never been rated higher than T is that it's never shown, just spoken about and implied. There's a reason the first few games didn't [[NoExportForYou make it out of Japan]]. Even ''Blazing Sword'', the very first ''Fire Emblem'' game released internationally and which was rated E in its original release, has direct references to mass murder and human trafficking and implied RapeAsBackstory before you've even left the tutorial chapters.
14th Jun '16 2:10:46 AM Doug86
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* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series may be high fantasy with bright, colorful graphics, but it's also filled with war, murder, racism, genocide, rape and incest, ''especially'' the Jugdral series. The only reason that these games have never been rated higher than T is that it's never shown, just spoken about and implied. There's a reason the first few games didn't [[NoExportForYou make it out of Japan]]. Even ''Blazing Sword'', the very first ''Fire Emblem'' game released internationally and which was rated E in its original release, has direct references to human trafficking and implied RapeAsBackstory before you've even left the tutorial chapters.

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* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series may be high fantasy with bright, colorful graphics, but it's also filled with war, murder, racism, genocide, rape and incest, ''especially'' the Jugdral series. The only reason that these games have never been rated higher than T is that it's never shown, just spoken about and implied. There's a reason the first few games didn't [[NoExportForYou make it out of Japan]]. Even ''Blazing Sword'', the very first ''Fire Emblem'' game released internationally and which was rated E in its original release, has direct references to human trafficking and implied RapeAsBackstory before you've even left the tutorial chapters.
13th Jun '16 2:17:18 PM Winner1
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* ''VideoGame/BrothersATaleOfTwoSons'' is a game full of magical whimsy as we follow two [[KidHero kid heroes]] wandering around a fantasy world on an adventure to save their father. It's also filled with literal rivers of a blood, corpses decorating the dark atmosphere, mythological creatures coming out of the shadows to murder you, and the heavy possibility of the two young boys dying violently if the player fails. In fact, [[spoiler: one of the young brothers ''dies onscreen'' through a CruelAndUnusualDeath and the other brother must bury his fallen family member in an emotional scene.]] Nevertheless, the "T" rating is ignored by quite a few people purchasing the game and was even nominated numerous awards for being the best ''family'' title.
5th Jun '16 10:37:29 AM Winner1
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* The unquestionable king of this trope would have to be ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' and its sequel games. Literally since the game first came out on arcade systems, the game was horribly mistaken to be a child-appropriate videogame. The series may be an adventure series about magical ninjas, have beautiful artwork, awesome character designs, visually-appealing graphics, and a well-built fighting control system, but it is also made brutally clear that this game was ''not'' devised for younger players. The series is well-know for its [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath full-blown blood and gore]], deeply complex character arcs, AxCrazy antagonists who're [[HeroKiller not afraid to personally murder characters onscreen]], [[{{Fanservice}} heavily sexualized characters]], and the game actually ''encourages'' you to [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown finish]] your opponents off. Yet, to this very day you'll still find a child who has played one of the titles.



* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' is another superhero game with incredibly heavy mature content that our heroes have to confront. However, that doesn't stop younger gamers from getting actively involved with the gritty story anyway. In the main campaign, ''Superman'' of all characters pulls a FaceHeelTurn and goes on a killing spree, becoming an EvilOverlord conquering the entire universe. For bonus points, the story opens up with the man in blue ''shoving his arm into the Joker'' to avenge his murdered wife Lois Lane and Metroplois. The game features an abundance of blood, morality issues, sexual innuendos frequently dropped between certain characters, and naturally violent moves to act as finishes. It should say a lot that the game was developed by the creators of ''Franchise/MotalKombat''.

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* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' is another superhero game with incredibly heavy mature content that our heroes have to confront. However, that doesn't stop younger gamers from getting actively involved with the gritty story anyway. In the main campaign, ''Superman'' of all characters pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[AxCrazy goes on a killing spree, spree]], becoming an EvilOverlord conquering the entire universe. For bonus points, the story opens up with the man in blue ''shoving his arm into the Joker'' to avenge his murdered wife Lois Lane and Metroplois. The game features an abundance of blood, morality issues, sexual innuendos frequently dropped between certain characters, and naturally violent moves to act as finishes. It should say a lot that the game was developed by the creators of ''Franchise/MotalKombat''.''Franchise/MortalKombat''.
5th Jun '16 10:19:58 AM Winner1
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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated "E" despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T when the Game Boy Color version released.

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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated "E" despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T when the Game Boy Color version released.released.
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' is another superhero game with incredibly heavy mature content that our heroes have to confront. However, that doesn't stop younger gamers from getting actively involved with the gritty story anyway. In the main campaign, ''Superman'' of all characters pulls a FaceHeelTurn and goes on a killing spree, becoming an EvilOverlord conquering the entire universe. For bonus points, the story opens up with the man in blue ''shoving his arm into the Joker'' to avenge his murdered wife Lois Lane and Metroplois. The game features an abundance of blood, morality issues, sexual innuendos frequently dropped between certain characters, and naturally violent moves to act as finishes. It should say a lot that the game was developed by the creators of ''Franchise/MotalKombat''.
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is often confused as a SliceOfLife interactive game dealing with teen drama and the coming of age story about a young girl growing up, but it also features ''loads of dark themes''. While our main protagonist Max does gain superpowers, the story is basically a murder-mystery about teenage girls discovering how a missing girl was abducted, drugged, raped and possibly killed right on a high school campus. Along the way, the player frequently sees gruesome violence, underage teenagers casually talking about sex, attempted suicide, the loss of faith, swear words utilized as half the dialogue, a SadisticChoice once an episode, and the BigBad is revealed to be a pedophile SerialKiller [[AdultFear hiding in Max's high school.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWolfAmongUs'' has gained quite a bit of interest from younger gamers due to the story being about classic fairy tail characters moving into New York City and having an awesome picture of an [[TheBigBadWolf epic looking wolfman]] on the cover. But in short, the game is ''not'' targeted at younger gamers. The game features gritty violence, explicit nudity, an overall depressing theme, economic social commentary, corrupt politics, serious detective case work, poverty themes, mafia symbolism, and shows how our favorite fairy tale characters [[RealityEnsues did not gain a happily ever after ending]] as was assumed in their stories. Nevertheless, since it's about fairy tale characters it [[{{Understatement}} can't be all bad, right?]]
4th Jun '16 8:34:56 PM SockstheCat2000
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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated "E" despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T in the Game Boy Color version of the game.

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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated "E" despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T in when the Game Boy Color version of the game.released.
4th Jun '16 8:32:47 PM SockstheCat2000
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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated E despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T in the Game Boy Color version of the game.

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** And even worse. In the North American releases, Atari Jaguar and 3DO versions are rated E "E" despite its reasons. It was later re-rated to T in the Game Boy Color version of the game.
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