"The games I love most are all about war
And violence and murder and hate
And big exposed boobies all dripping with gore
Over which I will soon masturbate.
But today I went out and I bought a new fighter
Of indistinct nomenclature.
As I held it, I grinned and my trousers grew tighter
For the box art said 'M For Mature'"
Chris: For those of you who arenít familiar with the original game, Mortal Kombat is basically just like Street Fighter, but made for people who have no taste.
Matt: Specifically, people who prefer seeing spines being ripped out and digital people falling into pits over appealing graphics and smooth gameplay.
Gabriel: Heh heh hehe! Yeah, c'mon dude, you're enjoying this. I know you enjoy a lil' bit of the old ultaviolence.
Yahzee: Well, I like it to have a bit of context.
(explodes zombie with a shotgun before kicking him to death)
Gabriel: That doesn't need context.
"A study published in the U.S. Pediatrics journal this month finds that giving a video game a mature rating makes it "unspeakably desirable" to children."
— Chicago Tribune
Then at the bottom was the biggest line of all, which said:
LADIES AND CHILDREN NOT ADMITTED
"There," says he, "if that line don't fetch 'em, I don't know Arkansaw!"
There's something that's called 'adult animation' and it usually means it appeals to adolescent, teenage boys and that's not really adult in my view.
—George Griffin, independent animator
"Violence in video games has been a political topic ever since pussies were allowed to vote. And anti-game activists have gotten their stupid, punchable mouths back on the news recently because of Cliffy B's Bulletstorm... It actually penalizes you if your victims die with a face or penis— that's paradigm shifting. Oh, and speaking of penises, the game has worse dick jokes than a pediatric urologist. When you bring it home, your five-year-old will ask if you bought any games that are more mature."
"As far as Iím concerned, The Rise of Arsenal is something of cultural touchstone for comics in 2010. It tells us a lot about the lengths that DC will go to in order to push a second-tier character into some semblance of faux prominence. In just four short issues, Roy Harper transformed from a committed single father and recovering addict into a drug-addled amputee who smokes heroin (and magically manages to hallucinate) in dark alleys. It was pretty simple, too. All they had to do was cut off his arm and murder his adorable daughter... Itís okay to let quality fall by the wayside as long as whatever is happening in the comic itself is as over-the-top as possible. After all, this is a business and you have to sell, sell, sell. And it most certainly worked. Rise of Arsenal outsold quality books like Secret Six, The Unwritten, Daytripper, Sweet Tooth and Power Girl. It proves that we havenít set the bar terribly high for ourselves as fans, and we probably wonít be collectively challenging the industry to make our books any better, either."