Saturday, May 06, 2006

Want Oblivion? Better have your I.D. Ready


We’re all well-knowing of last year’s infamous hot-coffee Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas scandal that resulted in a rating change for the product. Now it looks like Take Two Software has another problem on its hands as the ESRB has found more objectionable content in a game after the initial rating was received. The “offender” this time is the The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for Xbox 360 and PC, and just like last time, the “mature” content is gameplay that was not meant to be accessed in the actual product itself.

Apparently there is a “nude skin” accessible in the PC version of the popular title, but that is only if you mod the game to allow it. In other words, it’s not meant to be in the product and is a result of the modding community. Bethesda and Take-Two software did NOT mean for this content to be included in the game. However, the ESRB will be warning of nudity in the product on future editions on the game’s box, anyway, at least "until it can be re-mastered and released with the topless skin removed.".

Also, beyond the hacked-in skin, the ESRB has also claimed that the game contains “excessive blood and gore those goes beyond a Teen (T) rating and are acting like Bethesda was attempting to “hide” this information and content from the ESRB during the rating process. Here is Bethesda’s’ response to this controversy:

“With regard to violence, Bethesda advised the ESRB during the ratings process that violence and blood effects were "frequent" in the game - checking the box on the form that is the maximum warning. We further advised that the game contained occasional torture, vulgar acts, and gore. We gave accurate answers and descriptions about the type and frequency of violence that appears in the game. We submitted a 60-page document listing the explicit language, acts, and scenes in the game. Oblivion packaging already contains warnings for "Violence" and "Blood and Gore."


A reworked version of the title is not planned, and the rating will be shot up a rating of “Mature” (M) by the ESRB for both systems’ the game is on.

All I can hear is Jack Thompson laughing like a maniac from here…

8 Comments:

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Ender said...

It matters not. I've never once seen an I.D. checked for a game, movie, or anything else other than alcohol and cigs. I mean, c'mon, do they really expect 16 year-old game store workers who make minimum wage to have enough integrity to check ever applicable I.D.? Nigga please.....

 
At 5:32 AM, Blogger gnome said...

Censorship is getting more and more dangerous. And believing that a tit is an invitation to Satan and childrens' doom, is a bit on the outragious side....

Great post ross.

 
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At 10:11 AM, Blogger Ross said...

Well, Ender, the ESRB is losing their credibility with game rating over events like this. It also gives game-hating politicians one more thing to talk about, but who really cares about them? They'll always be around to complain about something....

And at Best Buy theres a big screen that pops up to say 'Check I.D.' Sometimes the employees just press 'enter' and go through it though, kinda funny. And at EB and Gamestop they sometimes check...

I have to agree wtih you Gnome, everyone gets worked over for the smallest things... It's stupid most of the time.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger gnome said...

And very very irritating.

And greenHermit... I'm waiting for your mail...

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Tomleecee said...

Actually Ender, I see kids asked for ID all the time - a lad was asked for ID in Gamestation the other day because he wanted to buy San Andreas. Less recently, I saw a guy asked for ID because he wanted to buy Duke Nukem 3D! Maybe it's more stringent in the UK?

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Aziel said...

oh come on a nude patch for the 360 version
fucking ESRB WTF will they think of next there is hardly any if at all a smig of blood
seriously man you kill anything in Oblivion(360 version) they don' fucking gush blood out hell if at any it disappearse and its only like a tiny squirt of blood

 
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