• CitizenThom - September 29, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    I thought the God of War games were a good dip into surrealism at both ends of the spectrum, I'm surprised they were able to keep them to an M rating (nudity, but act only implied off screen? is that what makes not naughty enough for AO? And the violence... do you have to willfully inflict torture to get AO... wait what about gouging Zeus's eyes out?) Video games are an exercise in make believe, and if you are making believe I don't see why there should be any limits set.
  • SketchLemon - September 28, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    let's all just agree that skyrim would've been better if you could pork the dragons. amiright?
  • YourWorstEnemyGaming - September 29, 2012 9:06 a.m.

    I never thought I'd see someone type "pork the dragons", and I hope I never see it happen again
  • TyeTheCzar - September 27, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Two words: Katawa Shoujo. The only reason this English language dating sim didn't get an AO rating is because it's freeware. HOWEVER, the scenes in question can be turned off, and it's implied in the game that all girls are 18 or older. Either way, it's still one of the best games of 2012.
  • robotdickens - September 27, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    Personally I really don't like AO games because I like to keep sex away from what I watch and play (ie. tv, movies, games) first off because it makes me feel uncomfortable and it's never really used right. However, saying this I think they should be sold. The same can be said for my MA games like Skyrim and Borderlands 2 where someone can feel offended by it. What I'm kind of saying is I don't play them or use them, so I shouldn't dictate whether or not they should be sold.
  • zombi3grim - September 27, 2012 5:38 a.m.

    I think as games get more digital, we could see more AO rated games.
  • CountRichtertoffen - September 26, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    I like how you included "Thrill Kill" in this article. That game was so hilariously violent that they almost had to cancel it. This article was very informative and very entertaining as well. Before reading this, I could only think of two games (Manhunt 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas) that had received the Adults Only rating.
  • GR_SophiaTong - September 27, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    I have vague memories of ripping someone's limbs off, or maybe my own, and beating the other person with it. That game was so ridiculous.
  • Godzillarex - September 26, 2012 9:21 a.m.

    Well researched and well thought out article. Very interesting read!
  • wingsdjy - September 26, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    Retailers seem to associate AO as meaning XXX, which is not always the case. Plenty of retailers sell unrated (i.e. possibly NC-17) director's cuts of movies, so why not sell violent AO games? I understand not selling pornographic games, but Indigo Prophecy and Manhunt 2 aren't pornographic.
  • archnite - September 26, 2012 7:35 a.m.

    Is there any real advantageous use anyone could get out of AO games in the first place? From a purely artistic point, and barring use for pornography (which I don't think is well suited for dual analog control anyways), is there anything worth while to be done with AO level content? Is there a better message to get across by bumping a film up from R to N-17 by adding more graphic violence or rape content? Do we need a Serbian Film type game? Isn't that type of content uncomfortable to watch let alone have control over. Maybe if you were trying to stop it instead of trying to save a princess or stop the nuke from launching it wouldn't be. But do you really a fail screen to come up with "You are Raped?". By going more graphic with content you just remove all subtly so from an artistic stand point wouldn't be better to stay below that harsh intensity of AO.
  • Viron - September 26, 2012 2:01 a.m.

    A reminder to everyone, horrible graphic violence is ok as long as we don't see any nipples. If people want to buy their porn games or their torture games fine, just because they buy them doesn't mean I have to. Oh and the whole "Children might see it" argument is bullshit, it's not the goddamn developers job to raise your kids. If you give your kids freedom you have to accept the responsibility for the consequences it brings.
  • archnite - September 26, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Not entirely true; Manhunt and Thrill Kill were mentioned in the article and those were based around violence. And there are a few games where you violently kill things with nipples: RE6 (topless spider lady), GOW I-III (every medusa, the fates), Dante's Inferno (fight a pair of purple nipples), DNF (anus/vagina doors, topless women). In the case of DNF that scene went from raunchy humor in DN3d to uncomfortable to be playing.
  • crazor89 - September 26, 2012 1:56 a.m.

    Great article, a really interesting read!
  • garnsr - September 25, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    What's the problem with people being able to unleash their hornballness in the privacy of their own homes, with something that they can interact with, and not just watch? Acting like sex should only be something that 15 year old boys are interested in is stupid, we should be getting more choices in animated lady-parts, if we think that's what we want.
  • Sy87 - September 25, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    I'm not sure if you consider the indie market for this discussion, but there have been quite a few considerably AO games from some indie developers. The genre is h ryona which is some sometimes laughable to twisted stuff. And there are websites that cater to the market on both sides. Just saying that it looks like the indie realm will kick it off if it has already not before the console pansies. Plus some groups already know what modders will do to their game i.e. bounciness. Plus I saw that RE6 has "nudity" on the rating if they will keep it. However it is not AO. U.S. is just full of strict regulations and getting stricter considering somethings passed back in the day. Lets just have all companies move to Europe hahaha.
  • Octaviux - September 25, 2012 6:54 p.m.

    Does Steam allow AO rated content?
  • archnite - September 26, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    If you've been following the Greenlight developments Valve (i.e. Steam) does not want to be responsible for AO content on their service. Once you introduce that kind of content it changes the atmosphere of the community and I don't think that's something Valve wants to be responsible for
  • TomSJ3 - September 25, 2012 6:02 p.m.

    Very interesting article. I actually didn't know a lot of that, so thanks for clarifying.
  • archnite - September 26, 2012 7:40 a.m.

    High-five for SP avatars!

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