Okay, time to get down and dirty with the results of the February poll.
The question last month was asking what game rating would be the highest you’d play. I dropped in the ESRB rating guide to give you an idea of what each rating would entail.
The highest rating was AO where there may be prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sex and nudity. This incidentally was also the winning category with 8 of the 15 voters saying they’d play a game rated AO.
The second highest vote count was for the M rating where games in that category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. Age of Conan is being aimed at this audience. There were 4 votes here.
With two and one vote respectively, were the E10+ and T ratings. T is anything suited for a teenage and E for everyone over ten. There were no votes for E.
One thing that is a pity about the Democracy poll plugin that I use is that I can’t set it up for multiple selections, nor does it give me an indication of the country of the voter. I’m assuming that the bulk of my readers come from the US, since that’s what my website stats indicate, therefore the bulk of the voters were US based as well.
While it seems that the bulk of respondents were quite happy to play a reasonably hardcore game like Age of Conan or harder, there were a couple of readers who want to be able to play with their kids and chose a lower rating.
I also wonder if those who voted for the AO would still have some limits. Would a MMO with hardcore nudity and sex be on their harddrive? How about a MMO with extreme violence, gore, and torture?
What do you think?