ESRB Gets Preachy With Dead Or Alive Paradise Rating
I love the ESRB. That's not sarcasm or an exaggeration; I really think the organization has done an excellent job rating video games. I believe them to be more thorough and accurate than the MPAA, too.
But at the same time, it seems certain ESRB members can't help mounting a soapbox when writing detailed descriptions of a game's content. Now, it's hardly surprising that Dead or Alive: Paradise for the PSP would land the "M"-Mature rating but surprisingly enough, it seems the ESRB's description is more out of line than the content itself. As you can see, whoever wrote it is plenty disgusted with the game, and even used the word "creepy" along with an expanded opinion that reads as follows:
"Parents and consumers should know that the game contains a fair amount of 'cheesy,' and at times, creepy voyeurism—especially when users have complete rotate-pan-zoom control; but the game also contains bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want (if given two weeks, paid vacation, island resort)—Paradise cannot mean straddling felled tree trunks in dental-floss thongs."
Um...I'm sorry, this isn't your job. Social commentary really can't be a part of your description. But if you can stretch the rules, than I can too, even though this is a news piece: we all know this game is all about cheesy sex appeal. It's likely that even 8-year-olds know it. It's probably true that it sends the wrong message to younger children and I would certainly agree with the "M" rating, but don't adopt a lecturing tone as if 90% of the entire gaming community isn't well aware of the facts. Yeah, no such vacation could ever exist. Hell, no such women exist. And even if they did, no, they probably wouldn't spend it posing. ...or maybe they would; how the hell would I know?
The point is, high-and-mighty ESRB person, please just do your job and give us the facts in regards to the content. Don't slap on the teacher glasses because you seem to think that all gamers are still fragile, impressionable 12-year-olds.
Side note- Where's this preaching when describing intense violence? You know, just wondering...
Related Game(s): Dead or Alive Paradise
2/3/2010 10:48:30 AM Ben Dutka