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Jun. 16th, 2009

There was apparently an article in Wirdec about our game and our experience with the ESRB. It is a pretty cool read.

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2009/06/fallen-earth/

"In Fallen Earth, an MMO where players struggle for survival in a no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic world, the developers thought that they could never have enough cadavers.

But they were wrong. You can have enough dead bodies — the Entertainment Software Rating Board told them so. The independent body that assigns game ratings in the U.S. ruled that Fallen Earth’s piles of corpses were just too much for a Teen rating, says the developer of the upcoming PC game. The game has received a Mature rating as a result.

“There’s one town that’s literally hung with 200 corpses,” said the game’s lead designer Lee Hammock while demoing the game at E3. “(The ESRB) was like, ‘That’s too many corpses. You hit your limit.’”

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filamena
Jun. 17th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Like the 'maximum occupancy' for diners at a restaurant. I wonder if we could write to the ESRB and find out how many corpses we could have in say, my living room, before it became a Mature Rated living room.

Or maybe someone could invent a calculator.

(P.S. This looks like an awesome game.)
technoir
Jun. 17th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Thanks.

Would that be, so many bodies X so many drug references X sex references - cautionary tale messages = your rating.
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technoir
Jun. 17th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Might be worth a try.
comic_monkey
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
When did I do this interview? I remember saying these things, but not to Wired. Weird. Anyways, it was a good interview.
technoir
Jun. 17th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
The writer is also a contributor to massively.com
gr8tmazinkaiser
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm greatly amused. Too bad you *MUST* have a Teen rating for MMOs.
hapersmion
Jun. 17th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
You have fulfilled your corpse quota for the day.
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