The problem with this is areas that 'card' people buying games. I was at Best Buy yesterday and some poor teenager couldn't buy a game because he wasn't 18. The ESRB was set at that level so the sales person wouldn't let him buy it. This poor guy missed out on what could have been a great gaming experience due to content. Sex just for sex-sake is useless. I don't think we need T&A in the game to make it a good game. The Internet's full of pr0n, go surf for some if you need your jollies and let the gamers game!
I don't think it's fair to demonize the people that are doing their jobs. If someone is under the appropriate age determined by the ESRB, too bad. For the most part, I think the ESRB does a great job letting people know what to expect when they are looking at the content of the game. The problem lies much deeper than that. It's more about our society's views on sex as a whole. Our out-of-whack moral structure just kind of trickles down and forces people like that BB employee to be the bad guys. Should certain games be M rated for sexual content? Sure, but even in the most sexually explicit games I've seen it pales in comparison to what's in a PG-13 movie. Basically, we're saying it's ok to watch all this stuff, but the second a touch of interactivity is thrown in, it's game over.
a few overbearing games i can think off of the top of my head are soul calibur 3, tekken6(kind of), street fighter 4 sometimes i get uncomfortable when other people are in the room (namely girls) and im playing, stick to gameplay developers and leave the "sex sells" factor out im sure you will have many happy gamers across the entire spectrum
Well, there is already enough trouble with parents ignoring parental settings and letting kids play 18+ rated games, and throwing sexual content onto the pile would give the news media several field days. I have absolutely nothing against sexuality in video games. As a matter of fact I don't see why Sony should be so uptight about mature content especially when game consoles are not only for kids. I assume that Sony is more concerned about having a pretty clean image, and they are afraid of losing or tarnishing that. But come on, there’s no question that sex sells. Although, Sony claims and advertises the PS3 as a gaming system that “only did everything”, then why not tap in the adult entertainment market. It shouldn't be that hard for an adult to get around the age-lock feature and start viewing sexual content but when it comes to kids there should definitely be a lot of hurdles that should deter them from trying to access it. There should be setup for an 18+ or Adult Only segment which requires a credit/debit card confirmation along with a 4-digit pin that could also be used when it is selected and all’s good. Either way, kids will somehow learn and get expose to sexuality sooner or later, but later in my book.
ive always been carded at gamestop when i buy games like that and im 25 years old lol and i have to agree with that they need to do that everywhere and ask the parent who the game is for before the game is allowed to be bought.
As long as it doesn't interfere with the story or gameplay and we don't trade for plot for sex like we traded plot for explosions in the COD series, the more sex, the better. I think this whole obsession with mindlessly blowing things up and killing people is a much bigger issue with the gaming community. It doesn't provide any creative or emotional right-brain stimulation and is doing to the gaming industry what Justin Beiber has done to the music industry. That's why I hope that if they do start incorporating more sex into games, they do it in a way that's creative and meaningful. They can always contact me if they need some "stimulating" ideas.
Also, demonizing sex and hiding it from your kids is no better than encouraging reckless sex with strangers; it's just going to the opposite extreme. The problem with society is that people no longer think critically for themselves and are simply told what is right and wrong, which is the reason we have useless game ratings. If the story, concept, re-play value, graphics, etc are good, why the hell should we care what the rating is? Instead of fearing sex, violence, or whatever, we should recognize it for what it is, embrace it, use it in whatever non-destructive way we can to enhance our lives, and understand when it is appropiate, LIKE A BOSS. I know it takes a little more intellectual effort to do this but it will open many new doors in your life. Allowing fear or hatred to control you is just as harmful as letting an obsession or addiction control you. Of course, the government won't encourage this kind of rational thinking since all they want are mind slaves so it's up to us to free ourselves from fear and to help others do the same. As for children, all you have to do is provide some proper guidance and explain to them that it's alright to enjoy violent or sexually explicit material as long as they use it responsibly and know how to use it in a productive and enriching manner. Give them the freedom and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves. Train them to think from an early age and they will grow up to be independent leaders.
My answer to this is short and sweet: however much is necessary to fulfill one's artistic vision, not more, not less. The question then becomes: what is one's artistic vision?
The same can be said about violence. Sexuality for sexuality's sake and violence for violence's sake are worthless, and this is a line that many in the industry still don't understand.
And yet there are books and movies that do it just for the sake of doing it to get the money people will pay for that. Why not allow games to cater to the market of adults that are interested in such content? There are shops that sell adult toys, movies, and books, why not have them start selling adult games too? Japan has already had that market covered for a long time. Most other countries aren't really fazed by sexuality, but explicit violence elicits a response like sexual content does in the USA. Go to Europe and nudity is tolerated on broadcast television, it doesn't even need to be cable. Japan uses it to comedic effect in TV shows (a visual joke in the first episode of Ranma 1/2 wouldn't be near as funny without the nudity).
Also, if you're worried about someone being exposed to nudity, beware of the internet. There's plenty of initiation rites people come across that are much worse than anything put into a game.
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