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Microsoft Reverses 'Mature' Game Ban On Windows 8 87

another random user writes with news that Microsoft has sorted out the Windows Store guidelines such that games rated 'Mature' in the U.S. will be allowed. An earlier version of the guidelines took cues from the European PEGI rating system, which lumps pornographic content into the same rating as mainstream games that involve violence. In the U.S., they're split up into Adult (for porn) and Mature (for things like Skyrim, Call of Duty, and Assassin's Creed). Gamers and developers were worried that a large number of very popular games were going to be disallowed on the Windows Store. Microsoft hopes to have the situation fixed by December — not ideal, since Windows 8 is now out, but better than nothing.
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Microsoft Reverses 'Mature' Game Ban On Windows 8

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  • by Ractive ( 679038 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @05:47PM (#41783527) Homepage
    The typical: "Its ok if there's killing, beheading and any kind of gore as long as nobody fucks."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 26, 2012 @05:53PM (#41783599)

    We all know that seeing a booby damages a young mind irreversibly whereas seeing someone's head explode improves his character.

  • Windows Store? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 26, 2012 @05:53PM (#41783605)

    Who cares.
    Steam Store :)

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @05:58PM (#41783679)

    Kiss a pair of tits and the movie's X rated. Chop 'em off and it's PG13.

  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @06:14PM (#41783879) Journal

    There's as much evidence that censorship is bad for children as there is that "adult" and "mature" themes are. That is, none.

  • by tverbeek ( 457094 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @06:35PM (#41784069) Homepage

    So (once again) here's the message: sex = bad, violence = OK.

  • by Jeremy Erwin ( 2054 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @06:53PM (#41784273) Journal

    Something awful used to review A rated games, though they either reorganized their site, or stopped in 2008. The Review of RapeLay [] is a classic, though having absolutely no interest in actually playing such games, I can't comment on its "accuracy."

  • Re:Sounds like... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @07:01PM (#41784373)

    Yes. Shot by none other than Microsoft themselves with careful aim.

    Seriously fixed by December? In the mean time a flagship product with an ailing store and developer base is suffering. How could it take so long?

    I work for what I can only consider to be the most bureaucratic red tape laden company outside of the government. I once needed to request a purchase requisition, get it approved by my line manager, forward it to a procurement officer, then take the resulting purchase order and fax it to a company all for a $2 lightbulb. It takes me months to get even the simplest of things done. However if something affects production, public perception, or profits rest assured everyone will be standing in line to ensure the red tape is machetied down before it even rises.

    Taking 2 months to fix something that sounds quite trivial is appalling.

  • so... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by zlives ( 2009072 ) on Friday October 26, 2012 @07:43PM (#41784797)

    if you have win8 you can't surf porn? not that i would of course.... just saying
    also horrible heading FTFA

  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday October 27, 2012 @12:00AM (#41786609) Journal

    Welllll...yes and no. Would I want my kids playing at age 9 the game equivalent of "I spit on your grave"? Nooo, not because I didn't educate my kids and explain the difference between reality and gaming, its that when you are younger your brain simply doesn't have the emotional level of maturity to handle things you can later.

    Using an example from my own childhood there are three scenes from shows that fricking gave me nightmares that today would actually be considered kind of tame. From Night Gallery the story where Roddy McDowell kills his uncle and the painting changes, one that was either Night Gallery or Outer Limits where a woman calls her dead son back from the grave only to find what she calls back was NOT her son (the scene where the demon in the kid's body explains "Timmy killed himself to GET AWAY FROM YOU while every time the lightning flashed the kid's face became the demon? truly scary shit) and the final one an old Hammer horror that appeared to be in B&W...until they stabbed the first vamp nearly 20 minutes in and the screen erupts in arterial spray.

    Now once you are an adult if you want to tie little old ladies to passing buses in Just Cause II (always fun) or play something like Rapelay? Knock yourself out, have a ball. But a parent simply can't keep up with every damned new release on the planet so having set guidelines we can use along with a more detailed explanation following it? I honestly have no problem with that, because it gives the parent the choice and control.

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