Friday, September 29, 2006

Gaming Filth and a brown paper bag

March 2006 saw the introduction in Japan of a new rating system for games. And so it came to pass that Z-rating (18+) came to be. And what has been the impact of such an apparently cosmetic exercise? Well so far quite dramatic, that is if we take the experience and quite rational argument set forth by a certain Jonnyram on Gamescience.

It appears that Z-rated games have had a number of Japanese game stores running scared, so scared that some select Z-rated games have literally been consigned to the back room.

In one case the purchaser of a Gaming Nasty was required to pass a non descript card to the counter assistant before the offending piece of filth made it onto the shop floor.

As America steps up its war on video games with the passing of the Children Media Research and Advancement Act, can gamer's in the West expect a similar scenario as our gaming comrades in Japan?.

As our favourite entertainment medium increasingly becomes a scapegoat for failed social policies, and we skulk home with our latest deviancy wrapped in a brown paper bag, we can take comfort knowing that we're not completely at odds with societal concerns, at least the bag is bio-degradable.

Full story from Gamescience



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13 comments:

gnome said...

Reclaim the streets... Burn inquisitors and censors and then play violent porny games till our eyes bleed. That's what we should do Mr. Elderly.

(Great post)

The Elderly said...

i'm with you..... porny games day and night.....

thank you!

gnome said...

You're very welcome...

The Elderly said...

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gnome said...

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The Elderly said...

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TheTimeRunner said...

I think my first comment was deleted or something.

Oh well, let's try again...

Down with the smut! I care not for such sexfilled activities in my gaming. Just give me death and destruction anyday. All I want is a short skirted school girl gunning down terrorisitic bastards.

Hot Coffee...Bah!

The Elderly said...

I promise I would never delete any comment of yours, honoured as I am to have you visit my site, indeed so precious are the comments that i have them framed... in a ickle window of their own...... i lived in the comment desert too long.....

Indeed smut out.... short skirts and wanton carnage in.... though at my age the school girl character would not be PC. remember what happened English comedian Benny Hill who had his top rated comedy show pulled when it deemed "inappropriate" for an older man to be seen ogling younger women.....

No it's time to put away the things of the flesh......

DEITRIX said...

Hey! I think thats me on the second floor in that pic- waving for help... or maybe I was just drunk and thinking it was a party..? Anyhoo I must of been drunk enough to make it out alive... They never knew the difference!

TheTimeRunner said...

I don't get that Benny Hill situation. That show still rocks here in the US. I only know it being pulled when no more were made. I guess that's the offical reason in England.

I can understand the Z rating in Japan, they make quite a few homo-erotic games there. We don't see that much here. Just the GTA:SA AO rating because of "Hot Coffee". It'll be awhile in coming before we have the "porno" effect in the videogame stores. I just avoid the stores that request a card or buy online.

I'm just that type of demographic that likes my heroines in short skirts. If the bleeding hearts could see my wife, they'd understand.

The Elderly said...

you might have made it out alive, but are you infected Deitrix?.. thats the question... looks like we'll have to wait till Gnome arrives with his "spot a zombie" kit..... (elderly thinks of his own mini test......)

Tea? or ....blood?

Good old Benny, the poor fecker was called into the office and told he's services would no longer be required... suddenly all that comical talent dumped...... the nation loved him.....

TheTimeRunner said...

Awh but his legend lives on, the skit during the movie "V for Vendetta" can attest to that.

As for zombie tests I have a sureproof one: If the person looks like their skin is about to peel off and they take a round to the head and die instantly, then they were a zombie.

...

Yeah.

The Elderly said...

..... so if they live their human? thanks timerunner

(levels revolver at Deitrix's head)

okay stand still, this is going to hurt a little........