So today, I went on the WiiU eshop looking to see what was up with the new Virtual Console games, and a game called Dot Arcade caught my eye. Check out the trailer on Nintendo’s official website, along with screenshots and some other info here.
I curiously watched the trailer. It began, as all trailers do, with the local video game ratings board’s rating. The ESRB gave Dot Arcade a rating of E10+ for “Suggestive themes.” I didn’t think anything of it, as I see tons of trailers and almost always disregard anything the ESRB says about it. “Huh,” I thought, watching the trailer, “interesting idea for a game.” And when I was done watching, my mind drifted back to the ESRB rating. Suggestive themes? What?
The ESRB defines suggestive themes as “mild provocative references or materials.” The game is called Dot Arcade because it’s just dots. What’s suggestive about dots?
Okay, I’m exaggerating slightly. The game also features two side bar boarders to not only compensate for a difference in resolution, but also to create an arcade cabinet feel. They feature the characters from the header image.
The boarders for Mr. Snake seem tame enough, a knight riding a snake, some fireballs and fantasy elements.
This is what Dodge Club looks like:
Hmmm… I don’t know if this is really suggestive… This girl actually seems very much covered, besides her shoulders and arms, but I would not describe the scene as provocative or suggestive. Let’s look at Rally Driver.
Okay, sure. This girl is showing a bit more skin, and is more buxom than the previous one. I might see how someone with a more conservative view might consider this suggestive. However, from the trailer, I think it’s safe to say I’ve seen almost all there is to see in this simple game.
Three pictures, and dots. And I don’t think any of them, not even our rally girl, are really very suggestive at all. Yet, the ESRB says that if you’re not yet ten years of age, your parents probably shouldn’t let you play this game. Interesting.
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