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Submitted by doctorstrange 524d ago | news

BioShock: Infinite Rated Mature by ESRB for Intense Violence and “Derogatory Ethnic/Racial Terms”

BioShock: Infinite finally arrives to store shelves on March 26th, after previously being planned for February 26th, and ahead of this, the ESRB has rated the title. Receiving an (expected) ‘M’ for Mature, Infinite was described as having ‘Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Mild Sexual Themes, and Use of Alcohol and Tobacco.’
-PSLS (BioShock: Infinite, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

ftwrthtx  +   524d ago
Sounds like something Chris Rock would host.
nrvalleytime  +   524d ago
Wait - is it still racist if he's the one saying it? :-)

On-topic: I'm actually rather glad this game has the expected M rating. All of the ideas and themes they've been discussing necessitate a mature approach.
zeal0us  +   524d ago
Dunno let me go check in the imaginary rule book pertaining to when something or someone is racist and isn't, that everybody seem to follow.

It's not racist when one minority use a racial slur to describe a friend. It racist however when someone who is not a part of the minority use the same word to describe a minority. Then again some people are given race passes(aka the pass that let you use racial slurs without getting your butt beat up) so sometimes depending on the time and place it could be ok and other times and places its not ok.

The rule book has a lot of "if and only if" section in bold red. I don't make the rules I just follow them.
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On-Topic: Hopefully the derogatory ethnic racial terms won't cause senseless controversy. Also glad the development stuck to the rated M route rather going down rated T path.
Kalowest  +   524d ago
Yes, bring on the “Derogatory Ethnic/Racial Terms”
We all know black people like to complain about sh!t for no reason.

@ftwrthtx
I'm black and I feel black people complain over everything little thing. We call racism on things that are in movies,games,and books when they really aren't.
Examples: Resident Evil 5 and Django Unchained
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ftwrthtx  +   524d ago
Racism in any public forum shouldn't be acceptable, regardless of the ethnicity of the one displaying it.

As for story lines in games and movies, that's a totally different story.
sdozzo  +   524d ago
I'm a 28 year old white male... In the wheel house of racist stereotype... And even I find your comment ridiculous.
deep_fried_bum_cake  +   524d ago
What quicker way to lose yourself a bubble? Yay racism.

I hadn't actually considered that the game would have that sort of content but considering the setting it's not surprising.

Should be a great game anyway.
pangitkqb  +   524d ago
@kalowest

You deserve downvotes for that. Ya know, for stereotyping black people and complaining for no reason. I mean, does complaining on N4G about your poor race relations make it better?

Isn't that just complaining for no reason?

People are people no matter their skin color.
zebramocha  +   524d ago
@Kalo now I know you aren't black,the complaint for django came from one person,spike lee not to sure abot resi. Okay,after looking on yt from the few black people comment about resi,I didn't see anyone call it racist.
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maniacmayhem  +   524d ago
I doubt your black, but hell why not say things like that from the safety behind your keyboard.
Pozzle  +   524d ago
If you believe black people complain about shit for no reason...and you yourself are black...does that mean you believe that you complain about shit for no reason? o.O
RustedMan  +   524d ago
and Michael Richards would co-host.
ftwrthtx  +   524d ago
Kramer FTW! LOL
dbjj12088  +   524d ago
RACISM?! That's wayyyy worse than shooting and killing thousands and thousands of people! SEX?! THAT'S A BAN.
Conzul  +   524d ago
It's sarcasm you idiots -_-
RustedMan  +   524d ago
It's N4G. the place where everything is taken literally, or otherwise ending in "/s".

I commend dbjj12088 for not putting /s, and actually requiring us to discern the tone of his comment by..thinking.
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SilentNegotiator  +   524d ago
And not particularly funny sarcasm.
TrendyGamers  +   524d ago
Just over a month!
ApolloTheBoss  +   524d ago
I'll be honest and not trying to troll here, I almost completely forgot about Bioshock what with all PS4 hype.
goldwyncq  +   524d ago
Considering what time period the game is set in, no one should be surprised by the racism.
koehler83  +   524d ago
No. It's a central theme in fact.

I'm glad the ESRB has put the descriptor in the rating and left it at that.
SeraphimBlade  +   524d ago
We need to start a pool on when someone sparks a dumb controversy over how "racist" the game is.

I say... 16 days after launch!
KillrateOmega  +   524d ago
Lol, this is so true. There will no doubt be articles and forum topics out there specifically dedicated to questioning the game's content.

I say 8 days after launch :)
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Conzul  +   524d ago
LoL you people are too nice. 48 hours
BanBrother  +   524d ago
Don't troll me please, but I thought 'Negro' was an acceptable term? Not anymore maybe? I know the 'other' 'N' word is unacceptable. Also, Injuns? Maybe times have changed, as even Western movies that weren't 'mature' used that term.

I know Martin Luther King Jr described himself as a negro, and a lot of Black people still consider themselves as negroes, and in no bad way at all.

I suppose I'm just worried at where people draw the line. Do we move onto a new word every time an old one becomes to common? It is like dropping the word 'penis' or 'vagina' in favour of something new and fresh.

Anyways, looking forward to the game.

EDIT: Below

Thanks for the replies. I realise every word can be bad when used incorrectly. My point with the "P&V" lol. At most they can change the word, and the same racist fools will move onto that word. Very counter-productive and confusing, as there is no way to keep track of what is 'in' and what is now 'out'. Good, intelligent replies nonetheless. Thank you.

EDIT:
A quick internet search and it seems there are still proper uses for it.

The term "Negro" is still used in some historical contexts, such as in the name of the United Negro College Fund[6][7] and the Negro league in sports.
The United States Census Bureau announced that "Negro" would be included on the 2010 United States Census, alongside "Black" and "African-American" because some older black Americans still self-identify with the term.

Wikipedia.
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doctorstrange  +   524d ago
Yeah... I'm pretty sure it's not an acceptable term...

Context is always important, of course, but without a proper reason to use the term, it's offensive.
classic200  +   524d ago
The words sound so similar to the point it as become dangerous to use the scientific one which you are talking about now. Blame the racist who tainted the words to the point its now a scar in the modern world.
KwietStorm  +   524d ago
Where exactly have you been living for the last generation? And I'm not talking console generation.
BanBrother  +   524d ago
Been living in Australia, I suppose.

I think you might be confused. It is the other 'n' word that is bad. I even showed proof that some African Americans still identify themselves as 'negroes'. I think people are confused as to whether it is acceptable or not, hence why I wanted an intelligent discussion.

Please, I don't want to turn this into a race thing, I was merely pointing out my confusion. Even 'Cracker' was a term used for the white people and is only racist when used out of context.
KwietStorm  +   524d ago
No, I'm not confused. I'm black, and we don't call ourselves negroes. The United Negro College Fund was started during a time when that term was "relevant," and it hasn't been changed for one reason or another. Its not uncommon to see throwbacks from controversial times stick around for no other reason than being an established entity or organization. There are many times when simply doing research and reading history books cannot answer questions, especially in context.
BLUElightCory  +   524d ago | Helpful
Just a heads up - spoilers in the article.
TechOne  +   524d ago
Thanks for the heads up.
knifefight  +   524d ago
I hope flying purple people eaters are not in this game.

The purple have been through enough.

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