Hatred Earns AO Rating

Controversial isometric shooter Hatred is being rated AO (Adults Only) in the U.S. reports Polygon, saying they have confirmed this with the ESRB. AO ratings are very unusual, and this case seems even more so, as the rating was apparently prompted by the game's language and violence, while the AO rating is typically triggered by sexual content. "Well, I'm not quite convinced why Hatred got AO rating while it lacks any sexual content, but it's still some kind of achievement to have the second game in history getting AO rating for violence and harsh language only. Even if this violence isn't really that bad and this harsh language isn't overused," writes one of the developers on their registration-required forums. "I would prefer to get a standard M+ rating, because with AO we will have problems to to get to consoles in the future, but on the other hand I think you guys (our fans) would be disappointed with it."
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Jerykk wrote on Jan 19, 2015, 05:30:
What if Steam and other distributors decide not to carry it? Or is censorship only offensive when enforced by the government? Even if the government banned the game, wouldn't the end result be the same as the developers canceling it? The game would effectively cease to exist and your problem would be resolved. The offensive content would never see the light of day.

It is only censorship if the government decides not to allow it. Private enterprises can do what they like. If Steam decides not to carry GTAV, then GoG, or Humble, or Origin, or someone else will carry it, and make a shitton of cash from it. If the gov't decides to ban it, then no one can carry it. Two entirely different issues.

If Steam is a defacto monopoly, and the game gets essentially censored because Steam doesn't carry it, then that is a different issue: it's an antitrust violation, and the government needs to do something about that particular market to ensure better competition, most likely breaking up Steam. However, that's not the case currently. There are lots of Steam alternatives, and the market is healthy.

I support the right of this game to exist, and the devs to sell it. I also support my own right to rail against this piece of shit, and to lobby Steam and others not to carry it. System working as designed.
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