LittleBigPlanet Content Moderation Confirmed
With all the customization options available in a game like LittleBigPlanet, it's a concern that users will be able to create potentially offensive material. However, according to TheSixthAxis, Sony has a few ideas to stop this from happening when the game drops this fall.
The first is obvious: legal action. Try to add pornographic content to this cute little platformer, and you could be facing some serious problems. The second is a little more creative, and it involves the users policing themselves. Basically, you can rate your own content - in terms of something similar to an ESRB rating, we assume - and then, it must be submitted to the community for rating, too. If their rating clashes with yours, the content doesn't get approved. Of course, you can develop any piece of additional content you want, provided you don't upload it to the community. You can still share it with your friends and others, and all you have to do is keep it under wraps.
As this generation rolls on, user customization and mods will grow more and more popular. At the same time, it also means there's a growing potential for obscene content getting tossed around in a game that shouldn't have it. Sony is definitely going to have to be vigilant when it comes to cracking down on this kind of thing...nobody likes legal issues.
Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet
4/12/2008 Ben Dutka