ESRB Censors Violent God of War 3 PlayStation 3 Videos
Late last night, the ESRB forced the removal of several gruesome God of War III trailers and replaced them with censored versions.
Two of the more notorious scenes shown thus far from the game, one where Kratos rips the eye out of a cyclops and one where Kratos tears the head of Helios from his body, were blocked out by a big 'censored by the ESRB' logo.
To quote: The two scenes both showed detailed flesh tearing and gore.
Though the trailers can still be found uncensored elsewhere on the 'net, this does bring up concerns as to what may happen to the content in the final game, both in these scenes and ones that haven't been shown.
In an interview from PlayStation Magazine, the God of War team was quoted saying "Some of these scenes are so violent, they are never going on the Internet", meaning we haven't even seen the worst of it yet, but the ESRB is already stepping in.
In 2007, Manhunt was barred from release because of excessive and bleak violence - could God of War III be headed down the same path?
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this makes me wish the ps3 was hacked along with i think sony should allow it to happen so that their content can't be censored and the game devs can truly allow the game to shine if it is done other than officially.
Point is, I don't mind games being rated. It protects kids and parents, in fact I believe they should make it Illegal to sell a M rated game to anyone younger then 17. But I will not support them blocking games from being released because they war "Too violent". I think I'm old enough to decide what is "Too Violent" for me. As for a trailer I really don't care at this point. If they try and censor the final version I believe they will have bitten off more then they can chew and wouldn't be surprised if people protest and possibly take them to court.
I personally feel the whole ESRB concept is dumb. It is nothing more than a organization that allows parents to be lazy. If a person wants to make a gory game and it upsets parents then they should not allow their children to play it.
Who are the ESRB to tell someone what they can and cannot do with their time and money? I wish parents would take some initiative in their children's lives so that these organizations that stifle free-speech would not be necessary.
In my own opinion, the ESRB is quite useless. I'd say an estimated number of adults who buy their kids violent video games without looking at the ESRB rating are pretty high. say, 60-70%.
No matter how hackable the PS3 is, the ESRB will still be there to censor the game. Extra mods and ways that circumvent the ratings the ESRB put in place, will only cause more positive press for the organization. The ESRB would only profit from mods that make games more violent.
I hope this doesnt affect the end result of the game it will be a real shame. Only thing is if they do kick up a fuss about, could sony potentially edit the game to make it less gory? would suck if they do and you know that would mean GOW3 new release date of march 2011
Ratings mean nothing. I am sure Gears of War would get a pretty mature rating and look how much it sold considering the majority of 360 gamers are immature kids
It would make sense they include a age chech at the start of the game or something. Would go along with what the entire organisation is about, which is to make sure those involved can sleep at night. "ok we put a useless age check here, goes just well with our usually useless content rating so all is well"
Better than taking out things from the game.