Let's doing something a little bit different. Let's talk about video games and gamers; or as gamers used to be known as, players -- and even before that, just people. Let's go back to the 1970's of video games. This was the stone age of gaming, when really small blips and lines were a game. Funny thing is, that games were made on computers, played in universities and colleges by young adults and older adults.
Later in time, some arcade boxes started to appear. Where did they appear? In arcades? Nope. They appeared in bars and pool halls. For adults to play. Video games were meant for adults from the beginning. The question is then, when did the children become part of the video game spectrum? Some people say it would be during the 80's, during the Atari age. However with Atari it was more of a family thing than it was for children. There were so many choices during this time and it got to the point that we would hit the Video Game Crash of 1983.
Well 1985 came around and the Nintendo Entertainment System would come out. It would not be marketed as a video game console from the beginning. It would later on, but not from the start. It seemed that it was still a family console, but as the games started coming out for it, kids were jumping on it more than the adults were.
Now we have been growing more and more in technology, and with that more violent games have been released, with dark and realistic story lines. However despite the ESRB's rating of M on many games that mindless drone parents buy for their children it makes me wonder.
I'm not here to talk about violence in video games and children, that's a different issue entirely that has been beaten to death like a dead horse to the point that it's a political pinata. My question is though what counts as an adult oriented game? Does the simple tag of M for Mature mean this game is for adults? I would say no, or to put it more bluntly, ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT!
I mean yes Halo and Call of Duty are pretty violent video games. Does this make them adult oriented games? No not really. Yeah their stories can be engaging and creative, but overall they're pretty low brow in terms of storytelling. Like a cheap action movie with WAY TOO much of a budget.
What about Mass Effect? Well the set-up in it's story is open for you to make the choices. You can be best friends with this guy, or you can kill him. You can have sex with this girl, then cheat on her with this girl. You can even have sex with your best friend, cheat on him with a girl and then kill your best friend. Is this an adult oriented game though? Well yeah. Why? Because it deals with subject matters such as these that many people deal with from day to day basis. Not as extreme or graphic, but real.
L.A. Noire can be considered as an adult oriented game due to it's subject matter, character development, and overall story. Going from one crime scene to another in which case many of the crimes are actual crimes that have happened, no shit. So these are events that have been dealt with among adults. They are true situations.
Now both of these games are written and put together in this way. They're smart with their creation. I would say that they are adult oriented in other words meant for adults only. But does just using these subject matters make them so or can they go deeper?
Also what about other games such as Final Fantasy VI (a.k.a. Final Fantasy III in USA). Yes this game was meant to be played by the children who played Final Fantasy IV (a.k.a. Final Fantasy II in USA) and the first Final Fantasy game on NES. There are elements in Final Fantasy VI though that have subject matter intended for adults. You could say that it doesn't talk down to children, which you would be right.
Where does a game stand to be both for children and adults. And what makes a game adult oriented?
1. Name two games that you would consider adult oriented and why?
2. Which game do you think has something for both children and adults and why?
3. What was the first game you played with the Rated M for Mature rating?
4. Which Rated M for Mature rated game do you think deserves a lower rating and why?
5. What is your favorite video game snack food?