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Getting Down on Getting Up?

Game's Rating Change May Signal Crackdown is a story speculating that the GTA: San Andreas ratings switch may be a bellwether of changing times. Meanwhile, Atari Gets Tagged has word that Peter Vallone has his eye on Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, and the NYC Council Member is getting in on the ground floor of the next ratings controversy. On a semi-related note, Atari and Marc Ecko Announce Star-Studded Voice Talent for 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up Contents Under Pressure' has word on the game's voice talent, a diverse cast that ranges from the likes of hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs to king of tanning George Hamilton. Finally, for more on the whole GTA mod controversy, Burned Over Hot Coffee Game Developers Speak Out on Gamecloud gets reactions to the game's re-rating from outspoken developers Vince Desi and Derek Smart as well as id Software's somewhat less controversial Todd Hollenshead.

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37. Re: No subject Jul 21, 2005, 15:27 SquirrelZero

I like that idea. Refuse to give Take 2 games a rating for two years.

Whoa dude. I generally agree with a lot of your points, but i can't side with you here. You know that would essentially put Take 2 out of business, and cost any of the hundreds of people that worked there their jobs, right? No retailers sell games that aren't rated anymore. Sure, one could argue that digital distribution is one route, but the majority of their sales come from consoles where digital distribution isn't an option.

Rockstar was at fault here. Punish them, although i still think that putting them out of business is too harsh. I don't think a publisher should be held responsible for hidden assets, most publishers don't ever see any of the source code to the games they put out. One could argue that perhaps publishers should review these things, but that means more money spent on costs for a title, and the only developers it would hurt are the ones with, guess what, little to no money.

Think about what that means to all the people who work at those companies. This isn't someone dumping toxic waste in your drinking water. The characters "exposed" in this hidden mod aren't real people. The impact it has on people 17 and older, for which an M rating is designed, is negligible. Punishment needs to fit the crime.

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