As our society ages so do our views on life. What was once unacceptable in society 20 years ago is now readily available to the general public. Recently I’ve been reading more and more about games on the horizon like Age of Conan, Witcher, and other games with adult content. These games are being developed to include intense violence/gore, nudity, strong language, and other suggestive adult themes which are all being marketed for adults. Honestly that’s fine. In the U.S. our country was founded on these principles of free speech and video games are covered under that right. Other countries have similar rights for their citizens. Let me be clear now, as I know there are those of you just chomping at the bit to bite my head off, put as much of this in your games as you choose – it’s your right.
Where I start having a problem is when people start praising that they finally will have a game for “mature” gamers and won’t be surrounded by “kids” anymore. They continue on about how adults really don’t have any form of gaming entertainment and that everything is being developed for kids. Today I read an article that stated Nintendo games are designed for kids. It’s uneducated ignorant statements like that which tick me off. If any time is taken to become informed anyone will see that the past few years Nintendo’s marketing has been entirely aimed on including everyone. The Wii has been constantly pushed as being the console that everyone can enjoy. Mario might have a “cartoony” look to him but is stopping a “mature adult” from enjoying Mario Galaxy? It may be on a Nintendo system but what makes Metroid any more aimed at kids than adults? I hope this doesn’t crush your world but there are M rated games on the Wii.
What about the PS3, Xbox360, and PC? If your “M” rating is so important to you then open your eyes and see that a vast number of games are receiving these ratings. Mass Effect, Gears of War, Resistance Fall of Man, Grand Theft Autos, and Diablo 1 & 2 are just the games that come to my mind immediately that received M ratings and have been enjoyed by adults. So what really sets these apart from Age of Conan, Witcher, and the other “mature games for adults” coming out? Is it the nudity and suggestive themes that you need to justify your adulthood? I hope not because that doesn’t speak much to your maturity at all.
Let’s also take a look at those thinking they can escape the current crowd by playing a more “mature” game. Are you kidding yourself or are you really blind to the fact that the same people who play WoW (and other MMOs) will also be playing AoC? Do you think the nudity will scare away the “MMO Kiddies”? If anything that is going to attract the “immature” crowd to you like a magnet. And that’s just the above 18 crowd lacking maturity. I don’t even need to remind you the countless underage gamers who will get the game because their parents do not care.
So I ask you “mature” gamers out there who are so relieved that they will finally have games for them – am I immature because I like Mario Galaxy, EQ2, WoW, Pokemon, Viva Pinata, Diablo 2, etc etc etc? Or am I in fact more mature than you because I can enjoy and find myself entertained by all forms of entertainment and not just those ‘restricted’ to adults only? You go ahead and play AoC and Witcher – enjoy your mature community.
I’ll be enjoying my Waaaagh! in Warhammer Online (shooting for a Teen rating), rescuing the princess from the evil Bowser, and trying to catch’em all.