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* The creators of the film adaptation of Film/{{Doom}} said that they were aiming for a "hard" R, and as a result, included all sorts of adult content that was never in the game, including nudity and F-bombs.

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* The creators of the film adaptation of Film/{{Doom}} ''Film/{{Doom}}'' said that they were aiming for a "hard" R, and as a result, included all sorts of adult content that was never in the game, including nudity and F-bombs.



* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (though the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate fifth]] games were rated E10+).

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (though the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate fifth]] games were rated E10+).


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate fifth]] games were eventually rated E10+).

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and (though the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate fifth]] games were eventually rated E10+).


Complicating the issue somewhat is the rise of games with sex scenes (sometimes plot-related, often not) and other mature non-violent content such as language that is not so much put in for "M for Money" reasons, but because of the game-maker's desire to reflect the current state of popular films and TV shows, many with large teen fanbases, which have become more sexually explicit. Defenders of games such as ''Witcher III'' which contain nudity and love scenes have said that people expect to see such scenes in TV shows and films so they expect to see them in games, too. Defenders also point out the perceived hypocrisy of people having no problem with scenes of extreme violence, yet having issues with sexual content and language.

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Complicating the issue somewhat is the rise of games with sex scenes (sometimes plot-related, often not) and other mature non-violent content such as language that is not so much superficially ''appear'' to be put in for "M for Money" reasons, but are actually there because of the game-maker's game-makers' desire to reflect the current state of popular films and TV shows, many with large teen fanbases, which have become more sexually explicit. Defenders of games such as ''Witcher III'' which contain nudity and love scenes have said that people expect to see such scenes in TV shows and films so they expect to see them in games, too. Defenders also point out the perceived hypocrisy of people having no problem with scenes of extreme violence, yet having issues with sexual content and language.


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Sex sex sex,[[note]]This can also be [[{{Mondegreen}} interpreted]] interpreted as "[[NumberOfTheBeast "six six six six]]", six", which works just as well.[[/note]] and don't forget the violence."''


** 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 allowing ''Mortal Kombat 2'' to be ported 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 because more people bought the Genesis version than the Super Nintendo version, which led to Nintendo allowing ''Mortal Kombat 2'' to be ported unaltered.


*** ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' and [[VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth its sequel]] both received M ratings, making them the only non-mainline ''Persona'' games to do so. This is despite having a chibi art style and being far tamer than any other game in the franchise. It's especially egregious considering that the rhythm games have ''extremely'' sexualized outfits for the female characters, while the ''Arena'' titles are more violent in nature due to being fighting games, all with an art style similar to the main games to boot, yet all are rated T. The fact that they are two of only around 20 or so M-rated games on the Nintendo 3DS doesn't help.

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*** ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' and [[VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth its sequel]] both received M ratings, making them the only non-mainline ''Persona'' games to do so. This is despite having a chibi art style and being far tamer than any other game in the franchise. It's especially egregious considering that the rhythm games have ''extremely'' sexualized outfits for the female characters, while the ''Arena'' titles are more violent in nature due to being fighting games, all with an art style similar to the main games to boot, yet all are rated T. The fact that they are two of only around 20 or so M-rated games on the Nintendo 3DS doesn't help. This might be due to the existence of Mara and Mishaguji in those games, both of them which shaped like phallic objects.


** It is also worth noting, that in Japan, the game received a B-rating (12+), which is the equivalent of the T-rating back in North America. The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series is rated C (15+) in Japan, where the equivalent would be between T and M rating, and had a similar warning of gory violence, despite being tame compared to many other M-rated games from the United States. Since ''God Hand'', ''Resident Evil'', and ''Devil May Cry'' were all developed by Capcom, the {{Content Warning|s}} may be a leftover from the Japanese release, where there is less tolerance for extreme levels of violence towards humans. [[note]]The reason why ''Resident Evil'' gets away with so much gore is due to WhatMeasureIsANonHuman (the targets are either zombies or other inhuman creatures).[[/note]]

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** It is also worth noting, that in Japan, the game received a B-rating (12+), which is the equivalent of the T-rating back in North America. The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series is rated C (15+) in Japan, Japan[[note]]With the exception of ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry5'', which is rated D (17+)[[/note]], where the equivalent would be between T and M rating, and had a similar warning of gory violence, despite being tame compared to many other M-rated games from the United States. Since ''God Hand'', ''Resident Evil'', and ''Devil May Cry'' were all developed by Capcom, the {{Content Warning|s}} may be a leftover from the Japanese release, where there is less tolerance for extreme levels of violence towards humans. [[note]]The reason why ''Resident Evil'' gets away with so much gore is due to WhatMeasureIsANonHuman (the targets are either zombies or other inhuman creatures).[[/note]]


* There really isn't a good reason at all for ''VideoGame/{{Furi}}'' to have an M rating; while the game is pretty violent, bloodshed is almost completely nonexistent, the art style is extremely colorful, and there really aren't any mature themes to found whatsoever. The fact that far more violent indie games have gotten lower ratings makes its rating even more baffling. Bar the occasional F-bomb, it probably would have gotten a T rating at most.

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* There really isn't a good reason at all for ''VideoGame/{{Furi}}'' to have an M rating; while the game is pretty violent, bloodshed is almost completely nonexistent, the art style is extremely colorful, and there really aren't any mature themes to found whatsoever. The fact that far more violent indie games have gotten lower ratings makes its rating even more baffling. Bar the occasional F-bomb, it probably would have gotten a T rating at most. It doesn't help at all that initial trailers for the game actually ''did'' list it as being rated T, making it seem like the F-word was added in solely to boost the rating.

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*** ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' and [[VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth its sequel]] both received M ratings, making them the only non-mainline ''Persona'' games to do so. This is despite having a chibi art style and being far tamer than any other game in the franchise. It's especially egregious considering that the rhythm games have ''extremely'' sexualized outfits for the female characters, while the ''Arena'' titles are more violent in nature due to being fighting games, all with an art style similar to the main games to boot, yet all are rated T. The fact that they are two of only around 20 or so M-rated games on the Nintendo 3DS doesn't help.


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate]] were eventually rated E10+).

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate fifth]] games were eventually rated E10+).


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU the fourth game]] was eventually rated E10+).

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU the fourth game]] was fourth]] and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate]] were eventually rated E10+).


* Thoroughly averted by ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', which is one of the biggest and most successful new gaming [=IPs=] in years, made by a [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Triple A]] company, and has gone out of its way to maintain the [[BloodlessCarnage clean]], colorful, and comparatively optimistic tone you might expect from its [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixaresque]] aesthetic. While its lore delves into some [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism dark themes]], the tone of the gameplay remains constantly upbeat, there's little to no swearing or sexual content, and the level of violence in the cinematics never goes beyond a mild PG-13 level, enough for it to become the first FPS to get licensed [[https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/2/18057124/lego-overwatch-sets-collaboration-blizzcon-2018 LEGO sets]]. The success of both ''Overwatch'' and the similarly cartoonish ''VideoGame/{{Fortnite}}'' a few years later might yet prove that it's time to put the idea that games have to be gory and profane to make cash [[DiscreditedTrope out to pasture.]]

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* Thoroughly averted by ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', which is one of the biggest and most successful new gaming [=IPs=] in years, made by a [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Triple A]] company, and has gone out of its way to maintain the [[BloodlessCarnage clean]], colorful, and comparatively optimistic tone you might expect from its [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixaresque]] aesthetic. While its lore delves into some [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism dark themes]], The [[Rule34 fan art, on the tone of the gameplay remains constantly upbeat, there's little to no swearing or sexual content, and the level of violence in the cinematics never goes beyond a mild PG-13 level, enough for it to become the first FPS to get licensed [[https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/2/18057124/lego-overwatch-sets-collaboration-blizzcon-2018 LEGO sets]]. The success of both ''Overwatch'' and the similarly cartoonish ''VideoGame/{{Fortnite}}'' a few years later might yet prove that it's time to put the idea that games have to be gory and profane to make cash [[DiscreditedTrope out to pasture.]]other hand]]...

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* The creators of the film adaptation of Film/{{Doom}} said that they were aiming for a "hard" R, and as a result, included all sorts of adult content that was never in the game, including nudity and F-bombs.
* This is the selling point of every "Unrated Edition" DVD or Blu-Ray ever, even if the unrated content is actually pretty tame and was cut for reasons that had nothing to do with rating.


** And in spite of this, the AO-rated ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' rose to #1 of Steam's top sellers list upon release, thanks to plentiful NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity from various sources attempting to play the role of MoralGuardians. It did get removed from Steam Greenlight briefly, but was reinstated after [[InternetBackdraft a significant outcry]]. Even with its reputation, many were quick to point out once the game was released that it was ''far'' less graphic than other games like ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', or even ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', [[DoubleStandard all of which had received "M" ratings and garnered much less controversy]]. It should probably be noted, though, that none of the above titles directly encourage you to murder innocent people in cold blood as does ''Hatred''.

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** And in spite of this, the AO-rated ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' rose to #1 of Steam's top sellers list upon release, thanks to plentiful NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity from various sources attempting to play the role of MoralGuardians. It did get removed from Steam Greenlight briefly, but was reinstated after [[InternetBackdraft a significant outcry]].outcry. Even with its reputation, many were quick to point out once the game was released that it was ''far'' less graphic than other games like ''Franchise/MortalKombat'', ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', or even ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', [[DoubleStandard all of which had received "M" ratings and garnered much less controversy]]. It should probably be noted, though, that none of the above titles directly encourage you to murder innocent people in cold blood as does ''Hatred''.


* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''Brawl'' and ''Melee'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and the fourth game was eventually rated E10+).

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' features Nintendo characters engaging in cartoon-like fights. Yet ''Brawl'' ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' and ''Melee'' ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' both received the T for Teen rating. ''Brawl'' is a little more surprising given that it was created after the the E10+ rating was created specifically for games that may push the boundaries of the E rating (and [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU the fourth game game]] was eventually rated E10+).

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