The ESRB's intent is all well and good, and for the most part I usually agree with their ratings. But occassionally I look at a rating or a content description and get a little confused as to why they decided to put that. For example:
In the original 4 .Hack games, the content description for all 4 games included "Mature Sexual Themes." I found this really odd as I have never come across anything under the sort in any of the games. The topic of sex never comes up. There is one instance though in the first game where you save a female player and she says "I don't have anything to give you. I suppose I could give you myself." Kite says "WHAT!?" and she says "No I mean I could join your party." But to me, that seems like it would fall under "suggestive themes." How odd...
Super smash brothers brawl has a T rating. I don't own this game but I've played it a few times. There's mild violence but no blood or anything. I think it could have skimmed by with an E10 rating. It only contains crude humor and cartoon violence. Is there something else I'm missing here?
Also Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. This one's a toss up. At times when the game is being all cute and cheesy I think "this could have skimmed by with a T." Then other things come along and I think "Ok maaaaybe this game might not be okay for a 13 year old." If there was a rating between T and M, Neptunia would be that.
Same with Persona 3 and 4. Perhaps an M rating is a little too much. Yet maybe a T rating is too light considering the strip club dungeon and its boss, Kanji's dungeon, and some of the social link events. Again, if there was a rating between T and M, Persona would be that.
Also, maybe if it wasn't for the swearing and skimpy outfits, some of the Disgaea games, as well as Phantom Brave, could have skimmed by with a E10 rating.
So PeeGee, What ESRB decisions/ratings do you disagree with? I know sometimes they will also censor cover art, was there an instance where you disagreed with such censorship? If the ESRB introduced a rating between Teen and Mature, what games do you think would fall under this rating?
This isn't meant to be an ESRB bashing thread, just a "Huh? what made them do that?" thread. Also I know some of you live outside of America so feel free to talk about the PEGI, CERO, ACB etc.