Avinash BaliMay 04, 2006 18:15:36 IST
Controversies are to video games what flies are to a huge pile of poo. Games get flack all the time whether for violence, nudity, drug abuse or some sort of content thats offensive to parents/children/politicians/dogs etc.
Its only been a couple of months since the furor created by GTA's Hot Coffee mod has subsided and now we have Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls Oblivion, that's in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. The game had originally scored a Teen (T) rating, but has now earned a Mature (M) rating from the ESRB because of all the violence and certain hidden files in the game (a la Hot Coffee) that allows players to unlock nude models of feminine characters (Orcs included).
Now the sexual part I can understand, but it seems The ESRB has suddenly realized that the violence and gore (what, where?) depicted in the game now seem a tad more intense then when the game was initially rated. A number of distributors have pulled the game off shelves as it has be rebundled and sold with an (M) label.
Bethesda too is doing their part by working on a patch that'll make sure players don't have access to any more nudity.
I wonder if the ESRB's know that this nude patch was a third party mod and wasn't released by Bethesda themselves.
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