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ESRB Censors Violent God of War 3 PlayStation 3 Videos


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271w ago - Late last night, the ESRB forced the removal of several gruesome God of War III [Register or Login to view links] and replaced them with censored versions.

Two of the more notorious scenes shown thus far from the game, one where Kratos rips the eye out of a cyclops and one where Kratos tears the head of Helios from his body, were blocked out by a big 'censored by the ESRB' logo.

To quote: The two scenes both showed detailed flesh tearing and gore.

Though the trailers can still be found uncensored elsewhere on the 'net, this does bring up concerns as to what may happen to the content in the final game, both in these scenes and ones that haven't been shown.

In an interview from PlayStation Magazine, the God of War team was quoted saying "Some of these scenes are so violent, they are never going on the Internet", meaning we haven't even seen the worst of it yet, but the ESRB is already stepping in.

In 2007, Manhunt was barred from release because of excessive and bleak violence - could God of War III be headed down the same path?



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CyanCaze's Avatar
#10 - CyanCaze - 271w ago
Quote Originally Posted by maxpwer222 View Post
I personally feel the whole ESRB concept is dumb. It is nothing more than a organization that allows parents to be lazy. If a person wants to make a gory game and it upsets parents then they should not allow their children to play it.

Who are the ESRB to tell someone what they can and cannot do with their time and money? I wish parents would take some initiative in their children's lives so that these organizations that stifle free-speech would not be necessary.
Although I disagree with the lazy parents part, I will say this....
If a parent is stupid enough to look at a game with the name "God of War" Or "Playboy's Mansion" and still buy it for their kid then complain about violent video games.... That parent should seriously lose their kids. And I say this out of safety for the child, because today they mistake God of War with a game where you catch butterflies and tomorrow they mistake drain-o with food.

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#9 - semitope - 271w ago
Ratings mean nothing. I am sure Gears of War would get a pretty mature rating and look how much it sold considering the majority of 360 gamers are immature kids

It would make sense they include a age chech at the start of the game or something. Would go along with what the entire organisation is about, which is to make sure those involved can sleep at night. "ok we put a useless age check here, goes just well with our usually useless content rating so all is well"

Better than taking out things from the game.

wormie123's Avatar
#8 - wormie123 - 271w ago
ESRB =

I hope this doesnt affect the end result of the game it will be a real shame. Only thing is if they do kick up a fuss about, could sony potentially edit the game to make it less gory? would suck if they do and you know that would mean GOW3 new release date of march 2011

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#7 - shummyr - 271w ago
Quote Originally Posted by maxpwer222 View Post
Didn't the Hot Coffee mod cause the ESRB to rate it A?

No matter how hackable the PS3 is, the ESRB will still be there to censor the game. Extra mods and ways that circumvent the ratings the ESRB put in place, will only cause more positive press for the organization. The ESRB would only profit from mods that make games more violent.

true, you have a point on that one.

maxpwer222's Avatar
#6 - maxpwer222 - 271w ago
Quote Originally Posted by shummyr View Post
Yes it does because then we can remove the filters and do whatever the heck we want.. look at manhunt for the psp, ps2 and wii or gta and the hot coffee mod.

Didn't the Hot Coffee mod cause the ESRB to rate it A?

No matter how hackable the PS3 is, the ESRB will still be there to censor the game. Extra mods and ways that circumvent the ratings the ESRB put in place, will only cause more positive press for the organization. The ESRB would only profit from mods that make games more violent.

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