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Op Ed

PCWorld - Sex in Games- Is it Time to Grow Up?
Developers and publishers got over their fear of graphic, bloody violence long ago, but sex is still a great taboo. Dragon Age II, for example, features a level of gore that would make Mortal Kombat blush, but heaven forbid you catch a glimpse of a bare nipple during an intimate scene. This is partly down to the overblown reaction of media outlets such as Fox News when news of sex scenes in games hit the mainstream, but it's also evidence of a certain level of prudishness on the part of triple-A developers and publishers in particular.

Bitmob - An honest conversation with BioWare.
I waited until he was finished before I roared in reply, "You recycled a bunch of environments! That is never ever okay! It's not an open world game like Assassin's Creed where the setting is an evolving playground. It's Dragon Age, a game about epic quests, dragon slaying, and deep stories people can get lost in. If you had planned to release it like this, why didn't you call it Dragon Age: Hawke Does Stuff. At least then I could've stomached it."

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13. Re: Op Ed Apr 8, 2011, 16:39 PropheT
Creston wrote on Apr 8, 2011, 10:40:
Actually, it's likely neither of those two. If they show partial nudity in a game, it immediately gets an AO rating from the ESRB, which means none of the major chains will carry it.

I really don't know how you would think that given that there are a number of examples of games out there of games with nudity or partial nudity that don't have an AO rating. Age of Conan has nudity, God of War has nudity, Heavy Rain has a sex scene with nudity. Dante's Inferno has scads of nudity and violence and isn't AO. The games exist and aren't slapped with AO ratings by the ESRB.
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