Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (which we don't need to tell
you is the software industry's self-ratings board, much like the
North American ESRB) has bumped up the rating for Team Meat's The
Binding of Isaac, reports designer Edward McMillen via Twitter.
“Turns out Isaac is the first and only game to ever get its rating
raised to 16 because of 'Blasphemy,'” tweeted McMillen, not without
a hint of satisfaction: “it actually had a 12+ first."
Technically, the USK's
ruling errs on the side of generosity: the new 16 rating's
technically for games featuring “moderate violence (no visible
blood),” and blood is probably the least disgusting bodily fluid
visible throughout much of Isaac. The rating's more due to the game's
appropriation of Biblical and demonological themes and imagery, and
is probably actually pretty appropriate in that context. Still, pity
Germany's prepubescent occultists, starved of yet another opportunity
to forge lasting relationships with the lords of the underworld - and in the country that invented Faust, no less!
You'll always have Pokemon.