Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bare butt disrupts release of killing game

Is this story ridiculous or what? This game (Halo 2) already has a Mature (17+) rating, but a single image of a bare backside necessitates an additional warning label for copies already on shelves, a downloadable utility to remove it, and caused a nine-delay in the game's release. Does anyone think that users of a game whose primary object is using more than fourteen kinds of weapons to destroy humanoid aliens are going to be corrupted by viewing an exposed butt? Have we regressed to the Victorian age when nobody was ever supposed to see the human body?

Maybe the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) is concerned that the shock of seeing a bare gluteus maximus would distract the user from his delirium of shooting and destroying. If so, something is wrong with our cultural priorities.

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