“The first interesting event is five minutes 46 seconds in. Someone says the word 'bastard' so straightaway the game has gone to a 12 certificate in my mind.” In the wake of Australia’s ban of Saints Row IV, The Guardian looks at how games get their ratings in Great Britain.


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I am opposed to ratings boards and entertainment media obscenity laws of any kind. I get the reasoning behind them—to help inform parents as to what kind of content is in games, in case they don't want their children experiencing any of said content—but, ultimately, they turn into just another example of inexcusable censorship, with the state and other organizations dictating what is morally correct and what is obscene, preventing access to entertainment material (Such as Saints Row IV) that reasonable adults should be able to enjoy. It's bad enough that the ESRB's "Adults Only" rating over here in America is pretty much a death sentence for that game, as most stores will not carry it.

In my opinion, the world would be better off if standardized ratings were done away with entirely, and parents, you know, actually researched the content of their kids' entertainment media before purchasing it for them. It's not difficult; it's a less-than five minute Google look-up on your phone in the store to get a good idea as to whether or not the game is appropriate for your kid. Everyone else shouldn't have to be punished for the irresponsibility/stupidity/ignorance of some parents.