first M rated Phantasy Star Title

@John-Paul-RAGE oh cool thought I'll add my screenshot too if that's ok with you

@Ragnawind According to other game ratings and the ESRB site, Simulated Gambling still falls under T rating.

@Leonkh99 yep, here is a game rated in January for reference.

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The only difference is PSO2 got "violence" instead of "fantasy violence" so that paired with the simulated gambling maybe bumped it up? Not sure, but it has less themes than the screenshotted rating.

Regarding the "Violence" rating @John-Paul-RAGE, PSO2 does have its fair share of content that the ESRB might have acted on: PSO2_M_Rating.jpg

Even in Japan, the game's rating is being increased.

I also believe the online interactions in the game are part of that M rating. Considering there is free text and voice chat.

What are other MMOs with similar connectivity options rated?

Edit: just looked up some other MMOs (DCUO and WoW both with T ratings). So my best guess is what character models.

Could also have something to do with some character models. The ESRB are a bunch of prudes.

@Leonkh99 said in first M rated Phantasy Star Title:

Regarding the "Violence" rating @John-Paul-RAGE, PSO2 does have its fair share of content that the ESRB might have acted on: PSO2_M_Rating.jpg

Even in Japan, the game's rating is being increased.

Rating is already increased now.

@John-Paul-RAGE said in first M rated Phantasy Star Title:

@Leonkh99 yep, here is a game rated in January for reference.

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The only difference is PSO2 got "violence" instead of "fantasy violence" so that paired with the simulated gambling maybe bumped it up? Not sure, but it has less themes than the screenshotted rating.

We've seen what Casinos can do to a game in terms of controversy.. remember the "games corner" in Pokemon Red and Blue? Let's just say 10 yr old me spent my fair share of time behind the "one armed bandit"

@ShadyMilkman That was with the European PEGI rating board though and NOT the ESRB.

We all know the rating is M for mature, because it has good manners and is very mature!

The PSO players are very mature :3 Ok thats obviously not what it probably means but at least the higher the rating hopefully means less censoring or worries about having anything be removed.

i think theres a difference between SIMULATED gambling and the ac scratch kind of real money gambling.

@MEGAF1UX , AC Scratch falls under "In-Game Purchases" while the ingame Casino is basically the SIMULATED gambling it's talking about.

I'll also throw in several ep 4 scenes including the first time we see Aru may also have a hand in this.

@Leonkh99 said in first M rated Phantasy Star Title:

@MEGAF1UX , AC Scratch falls under "In-Game Purchases" while the ingame Casino is basically the SIMULATED gambling it's talking about.

how is that not exactly what i said? in game purchasees where the item is not guaranteed is a loot box situation and falls under gambling.

@PrinceBrightstar said in first M rated Phantasy Star Title:

I'll also throw in several ep 4 scenes including the first time we see Aru may also have a hand in this.

( ಠ ͜ʖಠ) I can't wait to see.

@MEGAF1UX , you were saying the "Simulated Gambling" is the Scratch items, those still fall under "In-Game Purchases" and NOT Simulated Gambling. Simulated Gambling has more to do with the actual ingame Casino Area which does NOT require any purchases.