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Adult Only

Permalink 06/22/07 at 01:19:32 pm, by Ed, 308 words   English (US)
Categories: Games

Adult Only. Meaning: 18+.

It's only one year older than the Mature rating (17+, for those who find that math comes hard to them), and yet only 23 games in the history of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board have ever been rated AO, while approximately five million have been rated Mature (Actual number: 1073). Reasons for rating a game AO include (from esrb.org):

Prolonged scenes of intense graphic violence or sexual content and nudity.

Now, take a guess at how many of the games on the AO list are there for sexual content. Go ahead, guess.

It's 21. Out of the 23 games on the AO list, 21 of them have strong sexual content. That is to say, only 2 games ever made it onto the list without having sex in them. Just for the shear level of violence.

Compare that now to the number of games on the Mature list. Those containing either sex or violence is 1009 out of 1073. Out of 1009, 214 contain sex. Time to break out your 1337 Venn Diagram skillz to figure out that 795 are on the list for violence without sex. Sounds kinda the opposite of kinky. So, summing up our results:

AOMature
Sex, w/ or w/out violence21214
Violence, w/out sex2795
Total, sex + violence231009
%violence, no sex8.7%78.8%

Don't get on my case about sigfigs, I could never figure that out. I'm probably right, now that I think about it. I could go as significant as I like, because I have an exact number.

Anyway, my point is this: The numbers almost directly reverse themselves between games suitable for 17-year-olds and older and games suitable for 18-year-olds and older. So what, exactly, happens in that one-year span that lets everybody get their mojo all rising up ons? I must have missed out on that, because here I am, still shooting the crap out of people, not having sex 78.8% of the time.

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