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Censored Gaming (5 months ago)
Update: 12 hours following this video going live, the developers of Agony have now announced that they will no longer be able to provide an uncensored patch for PC players. You can find the full statement here with further info: https://steamcommunity.com/games/487720/announcements/detail/1649886530632413268
ManaphyGames (1 month ago)
Uh, I was the one who stated that boycotts wouldn't work, and only hurt the devs. Your response actually proves my message right.
Echo 2-1 (1 month ago)
+ManaphyGames umm looks like the boycott worked lol it's not about something being changed or removed tho it's pretty obvious they changed alot for release it's about going back on their word I hate that they failed an shut down but if you don't make a product consumer's want well you won't make it simple as that
TobyNight95 (2 months ago)
João Henrique (2 months ago)
Good thing i haven't bought this, although i feel bad for the backers.
Elliott Johnson (4 months ago)
What's in that 5 seconds tho? 😱
Talk-Nopp Blog (11 days ago)
Turst I always want to be a vedio game creator but I don't have the money for college yet you need to start with rated E to make some money then later you could make a console that supports rated AO games Lolicon hentai and hentai games since they will be rated AO depends on the sexual content.
c1rcu1tn3rd (1 month ago)
TBH I've never seen an Adult only game, anywhere.
indiemagic yes (1 month ago)
All games that are rated 17 by esrb in the us are rated 18 by Pegi in Europe. It’s not a big deal. I don’t know why America is so sensitive compared to Europe
Denny Tomy (1 month ago)
It’s not the game! It’s the society’s
iLoveJackingOn (1 month ago)
What’s the point of having a rating if if essentially just bans a game?
99legion (1 month ago)
Doesn't make sense, people let their kids have unrestricted access to the internet, that's waaaaay worse than any AO game.
Silver gold (1 month ago)
Man! I wondered why you never see games like Lary! or conkers bad hair day anymore!
Quinton Dulin (1 month ago)
Of course the esrb president is a women
Aan Dahliansyah (1 month ago)
I Think online stores like steam should have Adult Only Segment Separate from the main app.
MegaSaSoRi101 (1 month ago)
Ok but what makes an adult? It’s not sugar and spice!
Rodrigo Badin (1 month ago)
AO only is BS. Mature only is just 1 year less than AO. What changes your mind with only 1 year?
PrimiusLovin (1 month ago)
I'm from a time when video games were mostly perceived as children stuff, but nowadays there are video games with adult themes that are played by adults, so I don't see any issue with "Adult Only" games, although there might be some concern as to how easily these games could be played by children on some systems...
Ben B (1 month ago)
"Imagine if the standards to make a G-rated movie were made much more stringent - and NO OTHER type of movie could be made..." - Scott McCloud for the Comics Code history part. And that censorship (by threat of denial of access to the market to circumvent the constitution) crippled the medium. "Comic book death." "Comic Book Philosiphy" "Comic Book plot" "Comic book storytelling" Yeah, when the Code was used to keep out 3rd parties and rubber stamp DC and Marvel as long as they kept in the 10-16 age range target and just recycled the same plot about every 10 years and did it for decades... Publishers fought like mad to undo the censorship for books. While comics were still thick under code Ginsberg got Burrough's "Naked Lunch" legal. Films fought to expand the ratings. But comic book "undergrounds" were jailed, long before Mike Diana... The message is that aside from obvious sane barriers if a game is sold to Adults no real effort should be made to block it being sold to minors, beyond those in place for spray paint, lighters, porn mags, booze, etc. Heh, when I buy nicotene lozenges to help a relative not start smoking again and am carded I go "Hey, some kid wants to quit smoking, LET HIM buy these..." Recent news, Steam opened the doors to Adults Only games since they are PC and the consoles expertly kept them locked out. This is after the "Agony" thing. Probably was just too far, too much stupid for them. And stopped or throttled the Triggypuffwhineswecensor SJW garbage. Have enough problem with SWATters and Hackers and pervs, not going to waste time listening to Triggypuff whine. Not absolute free speech but going forward games only need to worry if they sell and are programmed good, not some whiner or pre-approval board.
Xinless Vice (1 month ago)
Even with an AO rating. You can bet that kids will still get the game.
TheNeonGuy (1 month ago)
2:40 yeah im pretty sure theres games on steam with porn in them
ZiRR (1 month ago)
So what’s the difference between Adult and Mature? Someone is gonna die.
triularity (1 month ago)
So the console makers are using Circular Reasoning.. <something> is rare, so it is unimportant. So let's ban/actively-discourage <something>, which keeps it rare. How many times can history repeat itself?
Magg Nom (1 month ago)
is agony a game, I thought it was a pervy, masoquist boob oriented simulator.
Jeff Linder (1 month ago)
I got no problem with the ESRB but my only thing about banning Adult Only games is that you can still find a way to use third party mods and what have you to put in content to raise the ratings to adult only games anyhow. People have the ESRB system for a reason but to keep people from making pornographic, or extremely violent, hatefull games isnt right because it ultimately outta be up to us the players and customers to buy them because of it.
John BDD (1 month ago)
Just raise the M rating to 18 years of age.
Please, Kill me. (1 month ago)
Wait there is porn on steam
Luigi The Vulpix (1 month ago)
R.i.P. Rated *A* for Pornography and Violence
VestedUTuber (1 month ago)
My thoughts regarding this? The AO rating shouldn't be treated like any other rating by the ESRB, and should be reserved for games with a pornographic or heavily graphic sexual nature, shock/grossout elements and/or extremely intense violence of an unusual nature. If the game is just simply intensely violent, like Hatred, that shouldn't necessarily garner an AO rating. But if a game has you going around kidnapping people to torture and kill them, extreme cult film style, that should be what garners the dreaded AO rating. Basically, if a movie with a certain kind of content can get away with an R rating, then a game with the same content should get away with an M rating. AO should be reserved for content that would get an NC-17 or X rating if in a movie.
Joseph DiSalvo (1 month ago)
I find it funny. I had memories of playing Goldeneye and Perfect Dark with friends back when I was in elementary school. When I was a high school junior in 2006, I drove home and stopped in at a GameStop which had some N64 games still for sale. I grabbed a loose copy of Perfect Dark, an almost 7-year old game, and got carded and told I couldn't buy it because I was only 16. lmfao
YoungNinja- 117 (1 month ago)
I didn't even know there was a Rated A lol
TheNaturath (1 month ago)
This is why games are shitty. 2k18 and cenzor is still allaive
TNT (1 month ago)
I think to ban Ao games from your console is an attack on creativity and art itself. Forcing some developers to change what they originally intended just so they can release it on other platforms just isn't right to me.
This really all dates back to the video game crash in the 80s. Because the NES was marketed as a kids toy games were incorrectly branded as for kids. Despite the fact that so many t and m games have been released a good majority of people (non gamers mind you) still think games are for kids (the same people who don't watch/like anime because "cartoons are for kids") and a lot of these people actually purchase the games (albeit not for themselves for their kids or what have you) so Nintendo and Microsoft adopted this policy because it reflects the mindset of the uninformed masses. If you look back there was a game who got the AO rating on the PS2 (BMXXX before it got a censored rerelease with an M rating) and there was a HEAVY public backlash. When non gamers see an AO rating they assume the game makers are trying to corrupt their children this is the TRUE cause. Even more so than the console makers refusing to make AO games this is WHY they have those policies
Redjack (1 month ago)
Let's face it, they're using kids as an excuse. They don't want YOU playing it because they still think YOU can't handle it. Stupid religious mothers may shout and scream about their spawn being exposed, but they refuse to look after their child and expect the world to do it. People on the far right hate the idea of AO's because they hate any extreme that isn't pro-conservative agenda and feedom of speech is their biggest enemy, the far left hates it because nothing can be depicted as racist or sexist, even if it's in artistic value and anything that can be deemed too offensive to minorities is fought to be erased. It sickens me how anti-freedom of speech the first world is getting and it's being pushed by both sides.
V Sama (1 month ago)
Long story short, us westerners are pansies.
Nicholas (1 month ago)
I feel like there should be a distinction between AO and straight up porn. Make xxx an official rating or something. G for genitals if you wanna confuse the hell out of people used to movie ratings.(additionally why the heck do these industries not use use the same rating system, like E for everyone makes sense but why didn't they go with G for general audiences which people already were familiar with?) Its a bit weird that a game with no explicit depictions of intercourse in it can get the exact same rating as a game called *looks at list of AO rated games* Cyber Pornography or Wet: The Sexy Empire (absolutely incredible name) because of ludicrous violence and gore. (or god forbid someones unclothed crotch!)
dedpxl (1 month ago)
because kids play them anyway, there's the answer.
Brandon Motz (2 months ago)
Mafia III is a much better candidate for an AO rating than GTA V in my opinion.
You shouldn't publish hate speech on Steam? I guess Wolfenstein The New Colossus got a free pass then
eou zxiubv (2 months ago)
Uhhh, it’s not like God of War has had nudity or anything lol
digiangel234 (2 months ago)
I mean, the games that get Ao or originally aim for an Ao rating end up being terrible anyway. Hatred was awful. Agony was garbage. Leisure Suit Larry MCL was shit. Manhunt 2 was a bore. Fahrenheit rated very low. The rest follow the same suit, or they're just blatant porn games.
Glitchy Soup (2 months ago)
Censorship is cancer
Mike Gaddass (2 months ago)
Oh yes, Fahrenheit got an adults only rating because of a sex scene, but as for violent content, GTA makes Fahrenheit look like a conscientious objector to violence.
Yuetu (2 months ago)
Biggest change I feel is adults playing video games and speaking openly about it and it becoming more common place is changing the way people view the gaming industry. Changing it from 'oh video games are just for kids and teenagers' to 'oh games are for everyone' in a similar vein that video games are targeting and being made with female gamers in mind more than in the past. With it being viewed as a more respected and universal medium I think we will see more AO titles be accepted and published as intended for target demographics and that AO will be less of a death sentence. Although this will probably take a few years after the trend has been challenged before we see it come to light (largely perhaps due to development time of projects). Side rant - Cartoons in the west are still heavily viewed as just for kids. Which is a huge shame. Of course adult cartoons exist in the west but are often more immature as they relay on crude humour and imagery in order to be viewed as adult content as opposed to anime. Anime tends to be a lot more diverse and aimed at all ages where the adult content is suitable for children due to lack of violence, vulgarity or sex (so be rated pg etc) but is not made for children as it tells a mature story not intended for the demographic (e.g. With the Light is about raising an autistic child) and would never be made in western animation as it wouldn't be taken seriously as being for adults and just completely overlooked. While I can think of western animation that does deal with more mature subject matter it's still primarily aimed towards children (UP!, Coco, Zootopia etc) with other examples having violence, crude humour or sexual content to market it towards adults (Simpsons, Family Guy, Rick and Morty). Side rant Conclusion - Gaming is being viewed as a more universal and respected medium for a wider range of subject matter and target demographics. Whereas western animation (outside CGI e.g. avatar) is still a limited medium primarily viewed as just for kids. So progress in one medium but not others so yay but meh... could be better.
DerpDerp3001 (2 months ago)
And Mother 3 will be rated AAO (Approved Adults Only) 21+
Honestly I am tired of people constantly hating games and shaming games just because their not family friendly like it's okay not to like it but please just leave the delevopers alone don't bully, don't harass them, don't assault them, don't shame them, this goes for anyone like jesus christ I'm tired of hearing this shit constantly
MacKenzie Prestage (2 months ago)
There shouldn't be a rating for art
Skeets McGrew (2 months ago)
Wasn't there an episode of Futurama where the professor becomes young and can no longer buy "Ultra Porn" or something?
Games such as RapeLay will never see the light of western shores. I have no problem with the 18+ rating, It paints me a better picture of what kind of game I’m expecting. Sex is still somewhat of a taboo in western society, though in Japan games such as Biko, Rapelay, Battle Raper, Play Home and such are common ground in the adult gaming market. I honestly believe there is a market for sex simulation games, though the culture of lets say America and Japan is vastly different, I doubt a rape simulator will ever be exported from Japan, though more Vanilla games such as Honey Select and the Sexy Beach series could make their way on special 18+ shelves in game stores in the west.
Artyomavich (2 months ago)
The AO rating tbh just exists as a blacklist, the esrb basically has the power to prevent a game from being sold
Totalled Chaos (2 months ago)
yer I been getting less and less console games now as i'm finding it better getting them on pc.
IIGalaxyInferno (2 months ago)
(Coughs) Huniepop
- KARD1AC - (2 months ago)
So long as Steam allows all games in a censored form and don't ban devs that offer 18+ patches, I could care less what Scumy and Microtransaction have on their stores.
mangaka08 (2 months ago)
*PC master race > current console gaming plebs who can't handle good games*
mangaka08 (2 months ago)
Novus Kökatsuna (2 months ago)
Still waiting on a Ted Bundy simulator
nick banana (2 months ago)
I'm so glad you addressed this issue, and I personally wish that consoles would Embrace more adult rated games.
Mario87456 (2 months ago)
Video games would be better off without ratings but thanks to those idiot people losing their minds over content in games we now have this stupid rating system. Fuck those people.
Mario87456 (2 months ago)
Bungle Snurch yeah with AO games not being allowed on home consoles it's like the rating doesn't even exist in a odd sort of way
Bungle Snurch (2 months ago)
Don't worry about it, just wanted to rebuttal your comment. ESRB is harmless really, they just rate the games, it's up to the publishers to decide what to do from there and they're the ones with the AO problem
Mario87456 (2 months ago)
Bungle Snurch I see your point I feel somewhat dumb now
Bungle Snurch (2 months ago)
Video games wouldn't be better off without ratings, that's such a stupid thing to say. If anything, no ratings would just heighten the hatred towards games because there's no way to know if a game is going to traumatize your child or not The real problem is stupid parents that just ignore the rating system, then buy an M rated game for their kids, then complain that it's got mature content
*Matthew Noneya* (2 months ago)
I've seen AO games for the Wii. I've seen porn games for the Wii.
Mint III (2 months ago)
AO rating name is a bit stupid. Why need a rating that's a year older? AO should have a different title that makes more sense, like Restricted or get the Mature rating a change of name.
cartergamegeek (2 months ago)
Because the age of consent and base age of adulthood is 18 in the U.S. The idea was AO was for things that are seen as so bad and so adult a 17 year old would be a minor and seeing said content would break all kinds of laws. So out of fear it was made because content and adulthood laws can get a ton of people in trouble. It's dumb but the U.S really does see 17 as a minor and 18 as an adult. This is all dumb but it's why it splits. And these are not laws you need to fuck with because they will end you. No company wants to deal with the bullshit that comes from U.S consent laws.
ShadowBeast (2 months ago)
I think GTA 5 has AO rating still it go released on consoles and is probably streamed on twitch too
4:00 bullshit considering things like fire emblem still constantly getting censored
CJ Fripp (2 months ago)
Censorship in ANY form is an enemy against humanity.
Old Kid (2 months ago)
PC master race I guess
Patrick William (2 months ago)
I used to think AO would've been specifically pornographic games
KuroAno (2 months ago)
What's weird is that the ESRB's Adult Only rating is banned in the US, but PEGI's 18+ rating is allowed ? WTF ?
SladeBallard (2 months ago)
I wait for the day AO stops being taboo so I can fuck some anime tiddies on my PS5 VR
The Steadfast Duelist (2 months ago)
*As long I can still play Fap Heros I'm all good.*
But we played Huniepop
05 council (2 months ago)
its allways esrb thank god pegi is more lax
Jacky Bandicoot (2 months ago)
pegi does rate console games 18+ over here in germany
videogamerka000 (2 months ago)
PEGI is a lot better rating system than ESRB with 18+ being the highest one and no bullshit such as adults only.
Spartacus547 (3 months ago)
What are they going to do when the average age of the majority of all Gamers is Now 37 and it's the larger more profitable Market😂
Sethei (3 months ago)
I live in Spain and we have A LOT of games rated PEGI 18
RainMasterXD (3 months ago)
One thing i found funny about the outrage about hatred is that you could do the same thing you do in that game in GTA, but only one is an adult game lol.
Jill's Sandwiches (3 months ago)
*Why can we have Rated R Movies but not Adults Only Games????*
Jared K (3 months ago)
Jill's Sandwiches Don't forget - R rated movies can be seen by anyone ​below the age of 17, but as long as their parents are fine with it, but the equivalent to the AO rating in film is the NC-17 rating - where you must be 18 to watch it
Noah Miller (3 months ago)
Update steam will publish basically any game now no matter how offensive
Lord Tangy (3 months ago)
It’s about money, and soccer moms will let their kids buy agony then complain about little Timmy hitting puberty early.
NANCOK (3 months ago)
thankfully, this video is no longer accurate because steam no longer censors games, no matter what
Bully Violator (3 months ago)
If you want a good AO game on P.C. to "NOT BUY FROM STEAM"
Galactic Reggie (3 months ago)
So even GTA has to yield in order to get M ratings.
Jared K (3 months ago)
Galactic Reggie Yes. GTA San Andreas had an AO rating once though on PC, because of a mod that players could discover
josh fritz (3 months ago)
[redacted] censorship!
Jonathan Sl (3 months ago)
The weird thing is in Europe we have many games released 18+ on consoles does the publisher guidelines not count when it comes to PEGI ratings?
Jared K (3 months ago)
Jonathan Sl I don't think so. I see that they all have their own thoughts on what they should be rated. Similar to this, Germany has USK which in some instances will rate a game rated 16 (by PEGI) lower
Kevin Barber (3 months ago)
Once again,PC master race
Galactic Dunny (3 months ago)
Name an Adult Only game you play then
Travis Bean (3 months ago)
What 12 months of being alive can do
I like how Sony says that they don't Have ao games but they had manhunt 2 on ps2
My1 (3 months ago)
I think this is kinda crazy. EVERYWHERE except for USA 18+ ratings are a totally normal thing, why is it that just in the US that Adults Only is such a concern compared to the rest of the world.
Miyako Sogabe (2 months ago)
Yes, the USA is weird with sex being bad but not violence.
Jared K (3 months ago)
My1 I think that's rediculous. Over in Britain too, they have the PEGI, and BBFC which both let 18 rated games and films e released. This is probably due to those companies treating 18s like M rated video games, and R rated films. Most retailers also allow 18s here, so the age rating has not as much power, and over in America, the ESRB also state that it's frustrating to not be any AO rated video games released, which shows that the rating is just neutral (which is fine), it's only the retailers and video game companies that enforce restrictions (that is a problem)
My1 (3 months ago)
@Jared K well that no one can see nc17 below 18 is kinda obvious. but why they cant get released in most cinemas is crazy. I mean with AO it's the stores who choose to say no (which is ugly enough) but seriously what's the problem with something being 18+ that it "can't be released in most cinemas"? I havent actually seen any because I never cared enough for that kind of movies but there are probably more than enough 18+ movies in cinemas and even TV (although for TV one either needs a decent way to limit access, which can for example easily be done on many pay TV things with a PIN which gets forced or you have to send it only during certain times, when kids usually wont watch)
Jared K (3 months ago)
DaKruger Toch91 Yes. Many film companies have to tone their films down to get a R rating so it can be released in cinemas. The NC-17 rating however does have a link to the AO rated video games as they're hard to access - for instance, the AO rated video games can't be found in most game stores (but they can be found on Steam), and NC-17 films can't be released in most cinemas, and also anyone below the age of 18 can't see it
DaKruger Toch91 (3 months ago)
NC-17, isn’t it?
Kevin Beastly (3 months ago)
Parents can just put a block on the AO rated games on the consoles, just like with M rated. Which I'm sure exists. Problem solved.
bloxniro gaming (3 months ago)
I'm sorry but we need more adult too allow even better games like horror
Why Am I Here? (3 months ago)
like, just go to ponhub
mattwo7 (3 months ago)
"all major brick and mortar stores" more like Gamestop, Target and WalMart because they're literally the only major stores in USA to carry video games these days...
ScreamBloodyGwar (3 months ago)
So basically these market taboos are stopping us from good porn games from being produced? What a shame.
Alissah Kat (3 months ago)
the vast majority of gamers are 18+, so I really don't see why this is all such a big problem to the point where stores won't sell adult only games. It's only 1 year older than M too. It's just ridicoulous.
George Samuel Berry (3 months ago)
GTA five has sexual content hate speech and You torture people with Trevor and it is still M
Jkayppobox (4 months ago)
ESRB can't be trusted... Remember Call Of Duty Black Ops? It had torture scenes where you take broken glass and put it into the mouth of someone else, punch them until they bleed. Black Ops was rated Mature, it also had alcohol use and drug use. I understand Agony is in another level with baby grinding. But AAA games are usually kept away from actual rating , it sucks a lot that when new devs arise they try to chop down their success like this. ESRB might be doing well but my opinion is they're being bought off by big companies.
Ryan James (3 months ago)
Only porn games should be rated Adults Only. I've seen nothing but gore in the real world. As for Steam, It appears that they're violating their own rules by allowing Genital Jousting in their library.
Dysth Ymia (4 months ago)
does make any sense why Hatred was Adult rated. you do the same shit in nearly any other M17 game, kill people, blood, gore etc
LieutenantWaldron (4 months ago)
What pisses me off is they just start saying things that should be a higher rating aren't.
Humpasaurus Rex (4 months ago)
I want xxx rated games on console 😳💦💦
Gildarts Clive (4 months ago)
Why no ao games on ps4? If someone wants to buy it that's their choice.
Robert k (4 months ago)
How come there ok with pegi 18
Démian García (4 months ago)
With the PEGI rating there are a lot of games that are 18+ and it is no big issue
Craze Ex (4 months ago)
Lol it’s like a caution sign we see them but we don’t care I don’t think anyone dose
SonicXRage (4 months ago)
I'm left unconvinced that this is a major issue. You give up some freedom, but I believe there's a point of diminishing return where an even higher degree of violence/nudity doesn't add much value to what your game is trying to express anyway. Does Wolfenstein need even more violence to be more engaging or better demonstrate the evil of Nazism? Not at all. It gets its point across just fine; any more graphic violence might make it unbearable for even the most hardened players.

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