The ESRB has retracted a classification of forthcoming PSP fighter Dead or Alive: Paradise as containing “creepy voyeurism” and “bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want.”
ESRB spokesman Eliot Mizrachi today apologized for the description (via GamePolitics), which failed to maintain the US ratings board’s objective stance.
“Our intention with rating summaries is to provide useful, detailed descriptions of game content that are as objective and informative as possible,” said Mizrachi. “However they are ultimately written by people and, in this case, we mistakenly posted a rating summary that included what some could rightfully take to be subjective statements.”
“We sincerely regret the error and will work to prevent this from happening again in the future.” The description has since been revised.
While not in keeping with their aims, it is worth noting that the ESRB is an industry body and the ratings are voluntary. As such there is no law dictating that they remain objective. Also, the description in question was damn funny. Read the whole thing after the break.
From the original ESRB classification for Dead or Alive: Paradise (via Siliconera):
“This is a video game in which users watch grown women dressed in G-string bikinis jiggle their breasts while on a two-week vacation. Women’s breasts and butts will sway while playing volleyball, while hopping across cushions, while pole dancing, while posing on the ground, by the pool, on the beach, in front of the camera. There are other activities: Users can gamble inside a casino to win credits for shopping; they can purchase bathing suits, sunglasses, hats, clothing at an island shop; they can “gift” these items to eight other women in hopes of winning their friendship, in hopes of playing more volleyball. And as relationships blossom from the gift-giving and volleyball, users may get closer to the women, having earned their trust and confidence: users will then be prompted to zoom-in on their friends’ nearly-naked bodies, snap dozens of photos, and view them in the hotel later that night.
“Parents and consumers should know that the game contains a fair amount of “cheesy,” and at times, creepy voyeurism—especially when users have complete rotate-pan-zoom control; but the game also contains bizarre, misguided notions of what women really want (if given two weeks, paid vacation, island resort)—Paradise cannot mean straddling felled tree trunks in dental-floss thongs.”