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ESRB Calls DOA Paradise Cheesy, Creepy

It was expected for the ESRB to give the PSP's Dead or Alive Paradise an M rating, but wasn't wasn't so expected was the reason it got that rating. The official American video game rating body usually writes their summaries of games & explanations of their ratings in a very dry but professional matter. Not so in the case of the new DOA game, however. Some of the adverbs they tossed around in their original publication for the game included cheesy, creepy, bizarre, & having dental floss thongs. Here's what the Entertainment Software Rating Board originally had to say:

This is a video game in which users watch grown women dressed in G-string bikinis jiggle their breasts while on a two-week vacation. Women’s breasts and butts will sway while playing volleyball, while hopping across cushions, while pole dancing, while posing on the ground, by the pool, on the beach, in front of the camera.

There are other activities: Users can gamble inside a casino to win credits for shopping; they can purchase bathing suits, sunglasses, hats, clothing at an island shop; they can “gift” these items to eight other women in hopes of winning their friendship, in hopes of playing more volleyball.

And as relationships blossom from the gift-giving and volleyball, users may get closer to the women, having earned their trust and confidence: users will then be prompted to zoom-in on their friends’ nearly-naked bodies, snap dozens of photos, and view them in the hotel later that night.

Parents and consumers should know that the game contains a fair amount of “cheesy,” and at times, creepy voyeurism—especially when users have complete rotate-pan-zoom control; but the game also contains bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want (if given two weeks, paid vacation, island resort)—Paradise cannot mean straddling felled tree trunks in dental-floss thongs.

Since then, they have redacted that article & put up a more appropriate one in their usual writing style. They claim it was an error on their part:

"We recognize that the initial version improperly contained subjective language and that issue has been addressed. Our intention with rating summaries is to provide useful, detailed descriptions of game content that are as objective and informative as possible. However they are ultimately written by people and, in this case, we mistakenly posted a rating summary that included what some could rightfully take to be subjective statements. We sincerely regret the error and will work to prevent this from happening again in the future."

Source: http://kotaku.com/5463658/esrb-explains-creepy-dead-or-alive-paradise-re+rating-tecmo-responds


Feb. 14th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oh... Ok.
That makes sense. Thanks.