Sony and Nintendo: Adults Only rating means no Manhunt 2 for PS2, Wii
Video Games That Got The Rare Adults Only Rating | Game Rant
Rockstar is a company known for its controversial games and headline-making troubles, but after Manhunt 2 received an AO rating from the ESRB, its troubles have deepened: neither Sony nor Nintendo will handle AO-rated games. It brings a unique, formerly unheard of cinematic quality to interactive entertainment, and is also a fine piece of art," Take-Two president Strauss Zelnick said in a statement. Unfortunately, commerce must come before art, and barring the game being ported to the PC where anything goes, Rockstar must either begin to cut content from their game or resign itself to canceling the project altogether. It must be a hard pill to swallow for a developer and publisher that is used to pushing the limits of what one can do in games while making sharp, satirical fun of our society, but Sony and Nintendo's position on the Adults Only rating leaves little room for compromise. The game's sales will also be hurt abroad, as the game was banned in both the UK and Ireland. Rockstar can still appeal the decision or begin to cut content to try to move into an M rating, but with the game's release scheduled for early July and both platform makers rejecting the game's AO rating, there is little time for it to react to what amounts to an American ban on the game.
Controversy has always blighted the gaming industry. Doom , with its roster of ghastly demons, has been criticized for its violence since the franchise began. This highest ranking is given out only in rare, extreme cases; Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo do not allow AO games on their platforms and their sale is heavily restricted.
During the '90s, concerned citizens and news outlets turned their attention to video games. Obviously, the responsibility of monitoring the impressionable youth could not possibly fall on the parents' shoulders; as a result, the Entertainment Software Rating Board rose up to carry the burden. A non-profit self-regulatory organization, the ESRB is a necessary thing that helped ease some of the scrutiny leveled at the industry.