By LordCrom 4 Comments
Has the industry reached a point where Mature video games have become much more accepted by the general public? Since the "Sexbox" incident on Fox a couple of years ago we have seen games like GTA: Episodes from Liberty City, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Heavy Rain released with no large public outcry from major media or government officials. We are talking about games that have mild to strong sexual content or have some form of male female nudity. Each of these games have had either a previous game in the series or at least had the developer face public/media or legal issues in the past. GTA suffered the Hot Coffee legal battle. Developer Bioware suffered Fox News "Sexbox" issue for the first Mass Effect. Heavy Rain's developer Quantic Dream had to make cuts of nudity to it's previous game (Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenhiet) before it could see a North American release (with a rating below AO). Jump forward two years and we've had full frontal male nudity in GTA: Lost & Damned, multiple sexual partners in both Gay Tony & Mass Effect/Dragon Age as well as female nudity in Heavy Rain and no major news organization has made a public stink about it and no government official has asked for hearings.
Even violence in video games seems to have become less of a factor to the public. The "No Russian" scene from Modern Warfare 2 only seemed to get a mild amount of attention from the media and then nothing. Are we at a point where we don't have to fear the government coming in and taking away are mature video games or having the ESRB force cuts of content for fear they will be told they are not doing their job correctly and the government should step in to protect us?