Neoseeker : News : The Elder Scrolls Online gets 'M for Mature' rating, Bethesda not too happy about it
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Lorx Jan 22, 14
Wonder what caused the M.

I assume they're not going to change it because TESO isn't for kids anyway, it's a mature series and it's marketed towards groups that are fine with an M anyway I guess. That's just my take on it anyway.
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fablefan Jan 22, 14
Rated M for Mudcrabs!
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FOTF Jan 22, 14
quote fablefan
Rated M for Mudcrabs!
Mudkipz*
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Animatrix Jan 22, 14
Like the rating is actually gonna stop kids from picking it up, lol. Just like it works for COD etc.

I'm glad we'll be able to see TES without it being watered down though, can't wait to play it.
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rpg Jan 22, 14
The age ratings are more superficial then anything else.

The only people who've I've seen consistently abided by game ratings are people who work the registers at stores.

If you've gone to gamestop frequently then you've most likely had the moment where gamestop warns the parent on the rating of the game and then the weird awkward silence usually broken with "I didn't know" coming from the parent.

Given time people will forget what those letters and numbers are there for on the game cover.

I've noticed I'm a cliche pessimist, need more feel good moments >.>
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DedValve Jan 22, 14
quote Lorx
Wonder what caused the M.

I assume they're not going to change it because TESO isn't for kids anyway, it's a mature series and it's marketed towards groups that are fine with an M anyway I guess. That's just my take on it anyway.
I've only played skyrim and there wasn't much that was mature, except maybe the combat (if anything it had to have been the kill cams that sent the rating overboard). No extreme sexuality (quite the opposite where everyone was fugly), no over the top violence, the story definitely teeters on the line but I've played more obviously "m" storylines that where rated "t" instead.

It's one of the very, very light M rated titles out there.
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Rendan Jan 22, 14
Eh they're just jelly of Bethesda.
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The5thAvocado Jan 22, 14
quote DedValve
quote Lorx
Wonder what caused the M.

I assume they're not going to change it because TESO isn't for kids anyway, it's a mature series and it's marketed towards groups that are fine with an M anyway I guess. That's just my take on it anyway.
I've only played skyrim and there wasn't much that was mature, except maybe the combat (if anything it had to have been the kill cams that sent the rating overboard). No extreme sexuality (quite the opposite where everyone was fugly), no over the top violence, the story definitely teeters on the line but I've played more obviously "m" storylines that where rated "t" instead.

It's one of the very, very light M rated titles out there.
Oblivion was rated M because of mods and apparently ESRB does not know what a mod is or how it works (see: user-created). Skyrim probably deserved the M just because of decapitations but the game is pretty gory overall. TESO is probably along the same line of human hearts and mutilated bodies lying around inconspicuously.
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DedValve Jan 22, 14
quote The5thAvacado
quote DedValve
quote Lorx
Wonder what caused the M.

I assume they're not going to change it because TESO isn't for kids anyway, it's a mature series and it's marketed towards groups that are fine with an M anyway I guess. That's just my take on it anyway.
I've only played skyrim and there wasn't much that was mature, except maybe the combat (if anything it had to have been the kill cams that sent the rating overboard). No extreme sexuality (quite the opposite where everyone was fugly), no over the top violence, the story definitely teeters on the line but I've played more obviously "m" storylines that where rated "t" instead.

It's one of the very, very light M rated titles out there.
Oblivion was rated M because of mods and apparently ESRB does not know what a mod is or how it works (see: user-created). Skyrim probably deserved the M just because of decapitations but the game is pretty gory overall. TESO is probably along the same line of human hearts and mutilated bodies lying around inconspicuously.
Decapitations? I was a mage user so the few times I used a sword and got a kill cam I saw some gory stuff but nothing near that. Had no idea that was in this game.

Also Smash bros brawl should be rated M, nude zelda mod and samus mod

Thank god the ESRB stopped that rating mods crap, man that was dumb.
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Shadow of Death Jan 22, 14
I'm not surprised they're a bit upset. In fact, I'm a bit surprised they're not challenging it. It doesn't really look like it especially deserves the M rating. Of course, we haven't seen everything it has to offer. I'm sure a LOT of things ultimately contributed to the rating, including the themes of war, settings, possibly the humor (if present), etc. It's a game with a lot of area in it. The more non-kid friendly content, the more likely it's going to get bumped up in rating.

Look at it this way folks, at least there will be fewer brats online screaming for help and whatnot?
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tekmosis Jan 22, 14
What's the problem? Skyrim is M and the game is insanely popular. Parents will still buy ESO for their kids.
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Shadow of Death Jan 22, 14
quote tekmosis
What's the problem? Skyrim is M and the game is insanely popular. Parents will still buy ESO for their kids.
Well, it relies on as many people as possible playing the game, and buying extra content.

Sure, a lot of parents will buy TESO for their kids, but a lot won't.
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Fragment of Chaos Jan 22, 14
Sadly, this won't prevent me from meeting annoying 12 year olds traversing Tamriel whilst I'm adventuring. -.-
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Kanye West Jan 23, 14
quote Shadow of Death
quote tekmosis
What's the problem? Skyrim is M and the game is insanely popular. Parents will still buy ESO for their kids.
Well, it relies on as many people as possible playing the game, and buying extra content.

Sure, a lot of parents will buy TESO for their kids, but a lot won't.
The flaw in your comment is that Elder Scrolls games aren't like Mario; they aren't bought by parents. Most people who play games like Skyrim are old enough to buy the games themselves, which brings me to my next point:

The M rating for this game won't harm it at all. TESO was meant to be a more adult MMO anyway. WoW is colorful and pretty, TESO is dark and sinister. If anyone expected this to be a fun-loving game to be available to kids they are sadly mistaken or just utterly stupid.

Most time spent in an Elder Scrolls game is spent scavenging the land and slaying everything in your path, not to mention the presence of organizations (e.g. Dark Brotherhood) whose sole purpose is to murder, and I'm not talking about the "fun" type of murder like jumping on your opponents head or throwing fireballs at them like Mario, I'm talking about lunging a sword into your enemy to rip his heart out or using dual swords to slice his head off.
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