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MATURE GAMES TO WATCH OUT FOR

Take2 Interactive: Guilty of Mocking ESRB Ratings?

Just when you thought the controversy surrounding Take2 Interactive's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was fading away, a new development has brought the game back to the forefront of news media--and likely cash registers.

According to the Boston Globe (one of hundreds of media outlets covering the story), a Dutch gamer by the name of Patrick Wildenborg, has modified (or more popularly referred to as "modded") the game by making a tiny change to a computer bit that prevented access to sexually explicit content included on the game disc. more

GALLUP POLL: More Than 70 Percent of Teenage Boys have Played "Grand Theft Auto" Video Games

What type of content do your kids' games contain? Look Up the Rating for a Particular Game at ESRB.org If you have a question about a certain game, you can email us OR call the ESRB's Ratings Hotline at 1-800-771-ESRB (3772)

 

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Games Kids Shouldn't Play

If someone told you the most popular video game in the country involved a child pretending to be a gangster who kills cops and solicits prostitutes, then beats the prostitutes to get his money back, you'd be appalled. But that is exactly the role children take on when they play the Grand Theft Auto series.

"When kids play video games, they assume the identity of the characters in the game, and some of these characters are murderers, thieves, rapists, drug addicts and prostitutes… Do you really want your kids assuming the role of a mass murderer or a car-jacker while you are away at work?" - Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.)

 

M Rated Games to Watch out for:
NOTE: Not all mature games are listed here, just the more popular ones that your children may ask for

God of War (Playstation 2) - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Sexual Themes. Parents should be aware that this game is not for children under any circumstances. The violence is extremely brutal and graphic, featuring many different kinds of fatalities and explicit slaughter. There are also several instances of topless or nearly topless women, although the sexual situations listed on the box's ESRB warning only occurred one time, (and were very low key, without anything graphic). I did not notice any strong language during the game itself, but in the commentaries given by the developers afterwards there were a few expletives used. This game is obviously aimed at an older audience, so do not make the mistake of getting it for younger children or those who might be sensitive to such content. Read the Full Review at Gamecritics.com

Conker: Live and Reloaded (Xbox) - Release Date June 2005 Blood and Gore, Mature Humor, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (PS2) - Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violence

Metal Gear Series (PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC)  Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes

Nocturne (PS2, PC) - Blood,Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes

Outlaw Golf (PS2, PC) - Crude Humor, Language, Sexual Themes, Violence

Rumble Roses (PS2) - Sexual Themes, Violence

Halo 2 (Xbox) - Blood and Gore, Violence, Language

Half-life 2 (PC) Blood and Gore, Violence

KillZone (PS2) - Blood, Strong Language, Violence

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Sony PS2, PC)For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs.

Mortal Kombat: Deception Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

Doom 3 Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

PSI OPS: The Mindgate Conspiracy Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Playboy: The Mansion (PC, PS2, Xbox) - Nudity, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol

The Guy Game (PS2, Xbox) - Crude Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol

Singles: Flirt up your Life (PC) - Partial Nudity, Strong Sexual Content

Leisure Suit Larry: Magna cum Laude (PC, PS2, Xbox)- Mature Humor, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Alcohol

BloodRayne 2 (PC, PS2, Xbox)- Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

Fight Club (PC, PS2, Xbox)- Blood, Intense Violence, Language

Fable (Xbox) - Blood, Strong Language, Violence

Def Jam Series (Nintendo Gamecube, PS2, Xbox) - Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence

Drive3r - A run-of-the-mill storyline with far more violence than heart, buggy coding and abysmal gameplay make this game a poor choice for kids in almost every respect.

Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) - For Blood and Gore, Violence

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death (Nintendo Gamecube, PC, PS2, Xbox) - For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Resident Evil Series - For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

Manhunt (Sony PS2) - For Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language. Quote from http://ps2.gamezone.com/ "As a quick note to parents who are reading this, I know that sometimes the overall thought can be "well, I know it has an M rating but it's just a game". Trust me on this one … kids under 17 should not be allowed to be anywhere around this game, and it contains scenes of some of the most disgusting killings that I have seen either in movies or in a game, not to mention being filled with more four letter words than you'd care to shake a stick at. If you've got kids, this is one of those titles that they should never know that you own."

New Zealand bans blood and guts game
A gory computer game has become the first video game banned in New Zealand. "Manhunt," a computer game that encourages players to kill all in sight in a variety of wicked ways, was classified by New Zealand's Office of Film and Literature Classification on Friday as depicting horror, cruelty, crime and violence such that its availability would hurt the public good. Chief censor Bill Hastings said that although many computer games have become edgier, "Manhunt" goes further than any he's seen before. "Manhunt's" developer, Edinburgh, Scotland-based Rockstar North, is a division of the producers of Grand Theft Auto, Take-Two Interactive Software in New York. Take-Two is amidst a $246 million lawsuit filed in the United States by the families of two people shot by teenagers allegedly fueled by the game's message.

True Crime (Xbox, Sony PS2, Gameboy Advance) - For Blood and Gore, Mature Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Violence.

Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PC CD-ROM, Sony PS2, Xbox) - For Blood, Intense Violence, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language.

Road Kill (Xbox, Sony PS2, Nintendo Gamecube) - for Intense Violence, Mature Sexual Themes, Strong Language.

Outlaw Volleyball (Xbox) - For Mature Humor, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes.

Postal 2 ( PC ) Rated M for Blood/Gore, Violence. This game is so violent, so racist and homophobic, that four countries are already considering banning it because players can gruesomely kill African-Americans, Priests and gays. You can also slaughter animals and cops. The first Postal has been banned by at least seven countries.

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Xbox) - For Nudity, Voyeurism, and Gambling.  Read Review

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City ( Sony PS2, PC)

Grand Theft Auto 3 ( Sony PS2, PC)

Soldier of Fortune 2 ( PC, Xbox) Rated M for Blood and Gore, Violence.

BMX XXX (Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox, Sony PS2, Nintendo Gameboy) - This may look like an ordinary biking game but it is the first sports game to carry an M rating and feature strippers, public urination, and yes... dog humping. The producers of the game brag that it is chock full of violence, nudity, and swearing.

Dead to Rights (Nintendo Gamecube, Sony PS2, XBox)

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin Gamecube, PC CD-ROM, Sony PS2 ,Xbox) - For Blood, Strong Sexual Content, Violence

The Getaway (Sony PS2) - For Blood, Drug Reference, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence.

 

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