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Permalink 06/23/07 at 11:22:25 pm, by Ed, 344 words   English (US)
Categories: Games

More on the ESRB today. I find this stuff terribly interesting, and funny. If you'll recall from yesterday, (or just look down), you'll remember that of all the Adult-Only games, 21 of them were sexually suggestive. Keep that in mind.

The ESRB has rated 13498 games as of this posting, with ratings from Early Childhood to Adults Only. Content types describe why a game is given a particular rating. Each of these content types falls under a particular heading. For example, "Nudity" falls under the "Sexuality" heading, and "Blood and gore" falls under the "Violence" heading.

There is a "Miscellaneous" heading which contains things not suitable for any of the standard headings. One of these that parents of particularly young children will want to watch out for is "Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed". First of all, who leaves their baby in front of a computer alone? Second of all, the ESRB is supposed to be warning me about the dangers of this game, and all the objectionable content found within. How is "Adult Assistance" objectionable, unless you're so simultaneously busy and poor that you use a computer instead of a babysitter?

Now the funny bit. There have been 21 games rated with this "Adult Assistance" content type. That's the same number of games that have been rated with the "Sexuality" heading in the "Adults Only" section. Coincidence? Dear god, I hope so.

Let's hope at least some guy at GameStop doesn't get "Pink Panther's Magical Island" mixed up with "Snow Drop". Can you guess which one is rated AO and which one is EC without looking?

Following is a list of some of the games that are actually on the lists. See if you can properly sort them into the correct categories (EC and AO only):

  • Lula 3D
  • My Little Pony
  • Just Me and my Mom
  • The Adventures of King Dengotti
  • Singles
  • Tokimeki Checkin!
  • The Adventures of Busy Billy
  • Snow Drop
  • Just Me & My Dad
  • Riana Rouge
  • Pink Panther's Magic Island
  • Stickybear
  • Crystal Fantasy
  • Bug Explorers

I guarantee you will get at least one wrong.

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