Thursday, 29 July 2010

FORTY-TWO - WHOA TIME FLIES

Wow... so I ditched this thing longer than I intended.

Spent almost a week off work sick in the end which was not fun and got stuck with a needle by a nurse who called it a 'blood test' uh-huh. People will tell you anything to steal your bodily fluids eh?

Anyway I haven't been updating much for two very good reasons.

1. Honestly? I couldn't be fucked. I had nothing to say, so I didn't. Sorry but it's the truth ^_^;

2. RL being a bitch. Busy-busy-busy. The last thing I want to do when I come home from work is spend more time planning out every last detail of a city that I've recently learned will be redundant with the coming of Nightlife... oh sorry, Late Night (still though, I'm excited for the return of INSTRUMENTS and whilst I know it's futile I'm hoping that EA stops molly-coddling us enough to add some kind of 'drunk' trait or animation to the bars. I know it'll be juice but can't sims act a little bonkers on a sugar high at least or will that push the game above a 12 rating?

While I'm on the subject of ratings (and I don't mean to offend anyone) what is with the American rating system. The Sims in the UK has generally been rated between a 7 and a 12 yet in America it always seems to get a T. Now whilst I will accept that twelve year olds might as well be teenagers for how fucking moody/twatty they act (god I sound old ¬¬) a seven year old is still at that tender age where they can be twats but generally don't cause any harm (unless they're of the chav variety but lets give the British population some grace here).

Then again, the English way is very inconsistant. Heavy Rain; a game containing nudity (of the boobies variety), multiple opportunities to snort a powder/liquid-based drug (lest you suffer some kind of brain anurism and bleed out your eyes or get your ass handed to you and thrown into a car crusher ¬¬), self-mutilation (the Lizard Trial. Oh FUCK the Lizard Trial), alcohol (in fact you have several opportunities to get a character absolutely shitfaced for your own amusement), real drugs (of the white and powdery variety in neat little lines at a house party), swearing (Jayden, your swear jar would like a word with you - you owe it some serious moolah), more drugs (hello Dr. Death), more violence (hello again Dr. Death), almost!Rape (although at least Dr. Death was rather creative about it... there's a lot to be said about a guy who wants to ram a power drill into a womans... ahem) and many other instances of things that are no doubt highly inappropriate - the game is rated 15 here in the UK

I suppose we assume that by the age of 15 you've probably seen all that shit anyway so having a hand in mutilating a playable character through a series of QTE events and disturbingly realistic gestures (soon to be more realistic, hello Move!) amongst other things (then again back at the tender age of 15 I wouldn't have reacted any differently than I did at the age of 22 when I played Heavy Rain for the first of many times).

On this train of thought for a moment; Heavy Rain has all this yet it's a 15 and to my knowledge nobody really bitched about it too badly. GTA on the other hand is rated an 18 and as far as I'm aware it's TAMER than Heavy Rain.

Maybe I'm missing a trick but how is paying a prostitute for sex that you don't even get to watch properly before shooting her and taking your money back (or never paying her in the first place) or going to a shitty strip club that's as entertaining as duct-taping my eyelids shut, acting like the American (or stereotypically-European) version of the British chav whose just trying too damn hard to convince you that they are 'well 'ard' whilst letting you shoot anyone you want knowing damn well that you'll eventually be gunned down en-masse by a bunch of PMSing police officers that get uppity if you accidentally brush against their dent-ridden cars any different? Hell one of the Heavy Rain characters gradually ruins her party outfit to make herself look as slutty as possible, dances just so a lecherous pervert will pay attention to her, AGREES to go upstairs with him to his private place for fun times only to realize that oh shit he really means it and he has a gun then (if the player chooses) strips down to her bra and pants whilst doing another sexy dance before finally getting the opportunity to break the guy's balls (literally).

...you know what? Fuck it. My conclusion is that the British ratings board is absolutely fucked in the head.

ANYWAY before I got completely distracted on that long and pointless tangent I was intending to show you my latest sim - call it something of a compensation for sitting through most of this bullshit post and for me being gone far too long.





Is it just me or does it look like he is thinking dirty thoughts in this picture? XD




MY HAIR OBSERVES THAT MY WRIST IS HORRIFICALLY DISJOINTED :D

I think I've wasted enough of your time ^_^; so I'll just say that he's a new sim whose name I don't remember (I made him before my hiatus to the game and as usual I gave him a Japanese-themed name so bugger if I can remember it right now).
I had intended for this post to go somewhere but it looks like I just posted all the shit I probably would've posted had I been bothered into one big nonsensical ramble that no one will read.
Oh well. Few things ever go according to plan - especially given my tendency to completely stray off the point I was initially trying to make.

3 comments:

VintageLydia said...

Aww, I read it!

And Americans in general tend to be a bit - puritanical, I guess? It's the woohooing (simulated sex) that pushed it to the T rating instead of E+ (over 10). The implied alcohol on top of that even more so.

Westie said...

And looking at a site that has actually reviewed the game.

Encourages you to buy nicer things
Can have same sex relationships
Has cassanova sims
Sims argue in a different language, and therefore they believe that you will mirror the behavior.
Sims may feel better after beating someone up.
Sims could become criminals.
Sims could be mean.
Sims could do society no nos.
And sims are self-consious.

Basically, our games are review by old bitter grandmas who never got out and saw the real world. :)

Chouxie/Abby said...

I'm an American, and I have to say, I think te game rating place goes overboard with it because most parents are letting their seven year olds play things like that. O_o They think it might protect some of them, at least, while their mom is sober . . . XD

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