Is the game rated M or T?

Y'all know the real reason they got that T rating was the same as BDO. Always on profanity filter.

@ChiknAriseMcFro said in Is the game rated M or T?:

Y'all know the real reason they got that T rating was the same as BDO. Always on profanity filter.

Here we go again, trolls just gotta troll or are you seriously thinking a stupid profanity filter would lower a rating from M to T?

@Subject-Astra there are certain requirements that developers have to meet to go from an M rated to T rated game. The profanity filter is one of those things. Google is now in the market of suppressing information and the proof is no longer available or I would cite something.

The rating changed to reflect the Japanese game.

It will go back to M in the future, when the Japanese game increases to CERO D.

http://pso2.jp/players/news/25674/

If I am right, then May 19th will be going back ho to M and probably the PC release.

@ChiknAriseMcFro said in Is the game rated M or T?:

@Subject-Astra there are certain requirements that developers have to meet to go from an M rated to T rated game. The profanity filter is one of those things. Google is now in the market of suppressing information and the proof is no longer available or I would cite something.

This is factually inaccurate. This exact thing is why the ESRB has the disclaimer about online interactions not being rated on every online game.

Consider Animal Crossing. No chat filter whatsoever, just a warning to be nice to people. And that's rated E. Not even E10+.

@Blue-Froman As for why the game isn't on the ESRB website its because, as revealed on the Australian Classification Board's entry for PSO2 (despite being officially available for NA, Sega got PSO2 a rating all over the world including Europe, Australia and Taiwan):

https://www.classification.gov.au/titles/phantasy-star-online-2

The game's rating was done through the IARC system: https://www.globalratings.com/about.aspx

The IARC system is one which lets developers get an age rating from multiple classification boards through a simple series of questionnaire with supervision from those boards. From the look of things, while games submitted through the IARC are documented in the ACB's database, they are either simply not listed on the ESRB's (or PEGI's) website or have a bare minimum description.

@ChiknAriseMcFro Not entirely true. Lets look at the rating shall we?

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Okay so far we got "Language" which makes sense given that the script does have its fair share of cursing in it.

Next we have "Simulated Gambling" which, contrary to what most people assume, is not to do with the Scratch Cards ("Loot Boxes!") but rather the In-Game Casino. We'll get to what addresses this later on...

Next we have "Suggestive Themes" which... makes sense given that despite how revealing some outfits is, the actual content the game comes with has nothing sexual to it.

Violence is self explanatory.

Now we got the two labels that most people ignore in their arguments, "In-Game Purchases" and "Users Interact".

During the time the game had an M rating, many 'conspiracies' were thought up that this had to do with the the Loot Boxes in the game... this despite the fact that its only the PEGI rating system that increases their age rating for games with loot boxes in them. No, what the ESRB does is they use the "In-Game Purchases" blanket term for all sorts of ingame purchases, including Loot Boxes.

And now te label that sorta goes against what you were trying to say before... "Users Interact". This label used to be "Online Interaction Not Rated by the ESRB":

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or "Game Experience May Change During Online Play": PSU_ESRB.png Phantasy Star Universe

And simply put, according to ESRB's OWN website:

Indicates possible exposure to unfiltered/uncensored user-generated content, including user-to-user communications and media sharing via social media and networks

Rating boards rarely look into what users 'might' do with a communication system a game uses, they are mainly focused on what content the game has on its own. These additional labels can at best be considered 'comments' and have no effect on the game's overall rating.

@Radical-Rat said in Is the game rated M or T?:

@ChiknAriseMcFro said in Is the game rated M or T?:

@Subject-Astra there are certain requirements that developers have to meet to go from an M rated to T rated game. The profanity filter is one of those things. Google is now in the market of suppressing information and the proof is no longer available or I would cite something.

This is factually inaccurate. This exact thing is why the ESRB has the disclaimer about online interactions not being rated on every online game.

Consider Animal Crossing. No chat filter whatsoever, just a warning to be nice to people. And that's rated E. Not even E10+.

Don't bother with this guy, he is just a troll. I wasted enough time on him in another topic.

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