Does this really make our games more mature?
Rated “M” for mature
we all know were this came from. Remember the 90′s? If you do then you understand that this rating was in response to the back lash by parents and congress over games like Night Trap and Mortal Kombat. It was designed as a way for parents to determine what would be the appropriate content for their children.
Now days the “M” rating seems to just be an excuse for developers to cram as much violence and profanity into their games as possible. More and more games are being created with one thing in mind. Killing. Forget about the good old days of the platformer and power ups lets just focus on head shots and loadouts. Since the beginning of this generation, shooters have dominated the market led by the one and only Call of Duty.
Rated “I” for Immature
Ever since the huge success of the Call of Duty brand it seems as if every developer who made a shooter tried to “one UP” Activision. Even those that didn’t make first person shooters started to. Even franchises that were once in the third person perspective in prior games have succumbed to the pressure of becoming the “next big thing”.
In the process of copying and pasting successful formulas of other franchises such as Gears of War, it would seem as if the point of gaming is getting lost. Fun and creativity are being over shadowed by an assembly line of carbon copy shooters.
If it doesn’t involve shooting, killing, sex or foul language then it is deemed to be “kiddie”. Some of the greatest games of all time featured bright and colorful worlds filled with “power ups” and warp pipes. Gaming, since it’s inception has always been a family affair and the content reflected this. Nintendo has pushed this more than any other company which is why they now are branded a “kiddie” console maker when all they are doing is creating content that speaks to wide margin of consumers. I once read an article about how it was time for Mario to “grow up”. What do you mean “grow up”? I’m sure you have all seen some of the fan art online depicting a realistic Mario Bros. and it all looks cool. You just can’t expect Nintendo to really take that route. Mario is a kid friendly, family oriented mascot for a major family oriented company. It would be like Disney making Mickey Mouse grow up to suit the needs of those who are now in their thirties and forties. Which brings me to my last point.
Rated “GAM” for i’m a “Grown-Ass Man”
Remember when the Gamecube was called a “kiddie” console cause it was purple and had a handle on the back? Never mind that it gave us some of the best games of all time like Zelda Wind Waker, Resident evil 4 and the Metroid Prime series. Remember how the Wii was supposed to be a console for kids and old folks? Never mind that it gave us Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 which are two of the best reviewed games of all time. Don’t get me started on the nonsense i hear about how “grown men” play COD and not Mario or Zelda. Since your such a “grown-ass man” how bout you do something with your time other than playing videogames? That’s what i thought.
Gaming was meant to be enjoyed by all and that’s the way we should treat it. It doesn’t matter if your single, married with kids, or a kid yourself, gaming was created for everyone to enjoy. When i hear adults talking about how their too grown to play certain games but they will play others it makes me question their maturity. Don’t be immature. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a hobby, just don’t act like it all has to be catered directly to you. Remember, you were a kid once and i’m sure you remember what it was like the first time you smiled when you held a controller. Everyone should be able to enjoy a moment like that.
Are you really mature?