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Feb Poll – I’d Play a MMO Rated

Posted by Stropp on February 1, 2008

The upcoming MMORPG, Age of Conan has been designed to fall into the mature category. With high levels of violence – decapitations, sex – lots of boobies and sex buffs, it is certainly going to be a controversial game. Especially in a US election year when every politician and their dog, err sorry, campaign manager, is looking for an issue to shout from the rooftops.

Age of Conan will be rated at least M, which according to the ESRB rating system, may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Some pundits are even predicting that Age of Conan might not do so well. They’re saying that the sex and violence might drive some players away.

So, I’m putting forward the question to you. 

What rating are you prepared to play up to?

Do you limit your self to World of Warcrafts T for Teen, or will you be happy to play to Age of Conans M rating?

Would you even consider playing an AO rated game?

I’ve included the ESRB rating symbols after the poll to give you an idea of what they are about. As always, your comments are welcome.

The Poll

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ESRB Rating Symbols


EARLY CHILDHOOD
Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.

 


EVERYONE
Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.


EVERYONE 10+
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.


TEEN
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.


MATURE
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.


ADULTS ONLY
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.


  1. DM Osbon Said,

    Happy to play any rating game…nothing disturbs me!

  2. Stropp Said,

    My friends tell me I’m quite disturbed. Oh, that’s not what you mean…

    I’ll wait until the end of the poll to say where I stand. :-)

  3. Jakob Said,

    Just thought I’d add a comment about ratings. I enjoy MMOs, but I like being able to play them with my kids (teen and preteen), so “M” is pretty much out for us. I think Age of Conan looks like it might be a fun game, but I do wish it were rated “T” rather than “M” — or that there were “T” versions or servers available. Most of the content that draws the “M” rating is just stuff I can live without anyway.

    I wonder sometimes if companies are improving or hurting their sales/market niche by their choice of content/ESRB rating. I think Funcom is making a marketing mistake here, but then they didn’t consult me, so … whatever. :)

  4. Stropp Said,

    Hi Jakob,

    I’ve wondered about the niche thing myself, and to some extent you are right, companies won’t necessarily do as well in a niche. By definition they are marketing to a smaller crowd than if they were going for a general audience.

    Having said that, in some cases a niche might end up doing better – especially if there is a huge competitor in the general space. WoW has set a high bar to jump, but AoC by aiming at a smaller more specialised market might actually do better than if they went for the same market that WoW lives in.

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