You know, if you watch movie interviews or MPAA ratings discussions with directors, they often are able to get the rating reduced to an R instead of NC17 on appeal because of the movie context, i.e. what happens in the surrounding minutes, not just the scene itself. For example, if its a comedy thing, or art thing, its more likely to have allowances made.
If the ESRB is like this (and I have no idea if they are) this change just means they will be more harsh on rating since they only see 30 second video clips of the most explicit scenes.
Oh and "stocked by Wal-Mart" doesn't mean "major retail games" to me. I've seen total crap junk there.
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 18, 2011, 17:15:
This is EXACTLY how it is Creston. I worked at a Gamestop during Xmas and let me tell you it was sad. Roughly 1 in 20 parents buying a game for their kids actually cared about the rating and told the child that they couldn't have it. The rest didn't even bat a eyelash when we told them it was M rated and the reason's it was M rated.
I'm impressed the store informed them, and even more disgusted with the parents who were verbally informed and still got it.