Feedback Needed: “Mature” videogame content

On the next Stupid Gamer podcast I will be discussing extreme (violent, sexual, language) content. In light of the “No Russian” level in Moder Warfare 2, the upcoming Heavy Rain on the PS3, and years of GTA controversy, I felt like it would be a good time to discuss how the gaming industry should be handling this sort of content and how the industry can be more proactive in dealing with it. Here are a few questions I’d like some feedback to. You can pick and choose one or two to answer or answer them all. I’ll read some responses on the air.

  1. Is violent/sexual/language content a problem in gaming?
  2. Is the ESRB rating system adequate? Does it need to be changed/replaced?
  3. What can developers and publishers do better to educate parents?
  4. Do console manufacturers need to play a role in content control?
  5. Does mature content offend you in any way?
  6. How does mature content in gaming compare to film? Should it be regulated differently?
  7. If you were a parent (or are one), how will you approach mature content with your kids?
  8. Does extreme content add to the enjoyment of a game for you, or is that completely based on context?

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God of War III will have crazy amounts of blood, brutal kills, and some sexual content.

Send your responses to me at jar155 [at] gmail.com and  I’ll use them in the next show. You can also comment here on the blog, but the email is a surefire be that I’ll see it before going on the air.

BostonCraig

i don’t like violence or sex or cussing without good reason. i think it works in some games but in others it is just to make the game cool for 13 year old boys.

kruzman

I think the more violence teh better. I am looking to escape day to day life when I play games and there is nothing better than being able to vent frustrations wildly and go crazy in a fantasy world. I don’t need violent games to like playing but it helps.

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