Sega Working With Ratings Board on MadWorld
Sega’s David Corless assured gamers at the Games Convention presentation of MadWorld that the company is working work ratings boards. MadWorld is an ultra-violent Wii-exclusive videogame that’s already been banned in Germany.
“Yes, it’s violent,” admitted Sega marketing man David Corless. “We don’t try to hide that, but as publishers, we see it as a fantasy game – it’s fantasy violence. It’s over the top. It’s cartoony.”
Corless added: “We also take the violence very seriously. We are working with the age rating boards, with PEGI and with BBFC. We’re not at the end of the game’s development, but we’re working with them now to make sure that we don’t go over the top.
“The game has been banned in Germany; there’s no getting around that unfortunately. But we are taking it seriously and we’re going to make sure that this game is rated for the appropriate audience,” he said.
People have come to see the Wii as a “safe” casual console for family type games ignoring titles such as The Godfather: Blackhand Edition and Resident Evil 4. MadWorld is animated in black, white and blood red in a Frank Miller comic book style which belies the extreme violence in the game. However it wouldn’t be the first Mature, violent videogame on the Wii. I can hardly see how one more mature game for the Wii will “spoil” the family friendly appeal of the console as watchdog groups have alleged.