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Sony offering an adult game for "free" on PSPlus is very irresponsible

Digitally Downloaded writes: "I really like Outlast. The intensity to the horror is great and the narrative and level design is compelling. As an adult I have found it a compelling, confronting experience so far, and while I don't know if my schedule will let me play it enough to run a review, based on my first couple of hours play I'm enjoying it immensely.

I'm also not suggesting that the game should be censored, or that Sony should not offer the game on the PlayStation Network. I am firmly, resolutely opposed to censorship, and like every other Australian I celebrated the introduction of the R18+ age classification because it meant that adults would get to play uncesored adult games.

But Outlast should not be a PSPlus game."

Update:

Whoops. Looks like I have pissed off a lot of people with this one.

I apologise for any anger I have caused. Obviously this is not the intention.

I believe that PSPlus is not a service marketed at adults. It seems to me quite clear that it's for gamers of all ages - given that you need it to play PS4 games online, it by definition is a service for everyone with PS4s.

So, as a service for everyone I do believe there is potential there to confuse people by offering adult content as part of the service. That's not to say the content needs to be taken down, but I do think that Sony should be more explicit that PSPlus is an adults-only service (or alternatively offer a "family friendly" version of PSPlus which wouldn't have R18+ rated games in it.

Anyway, that's my position. I love Sony, I hate censorship, but there's a way to do all that and try to think of the children at times as well :-P

I'm sure there's no way I can adequately explain my position to some people here, so I'll just apologise again for any anger that I've created and let the door hit me on the way out.

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Iltapalanyymi1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Yet no one NEVER makes an article about how sony puts shooter games on PS+

hurr. This article is worth worth its weight in s***.

And don't come to me saying something retarded like: "MUH CHILDRUN" etc.

Nitrowolf21283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

This article is dumb. It clearly states on PS+ that M rated games may be offered. There's a rating E10+-M. Says no mention of it (it's in the store description) Say's he's seen plenty of trailers that don't have it.
http://www.youtube.com/watc... (PEGI 18)
http://www.youtube.com/watc... (Rated E10+-M)

He goes on saying the children excuse, and if he is serious about responsibility, he can put a pass code on his master account (something explained during sign-up), have another for their child with parental control on and they would still benefit from the online stuff and whatever free game that doesn't fall into the rated M category.

Complaining about something that's been stated to include, and you have all the tools to your disposal. Serious parents who actually care what their children play will take the tiem ebfore even setting up the console on how to set parental control. And it's not even buried like the author claims. Settings/Parental Control/restrict use of features/ect ect

ABizzel11283d ago

First off if you're under 18 you're not suppose to have your own PSN account in the ToS Agreement. As a parent you're suppose to create a main account, then make a sub account for your child that way they wouldn't have access to any of your content without your permission to begin with.

Bad parenting is bad partnering. If you don't want your kids playing mature games, block them on their account, or create a password on their account so you have to download everything.

I'm not going to go into it anymore, because the people on his site have already read him left, right, up, and down, but his goal has been achieved. Get some hits, from writing an ignorant topic.

thorstein1283d ago

To add to your arguments. I have PS+ AND I am an adult. Ergo, a free game on PS+ that is for Adults is, well, EXACTLY why I have PS+ and a PS4 (and a 3.)

To the idiot writing the article about "why it shouldn't be PS+" Ummm... then don't download it. Problem = solved.

Prime1571283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Spec ops, payday, bioshock, metro, hotline Miami, darksiders, borderlands 2, deus ex, kingdoms of amular, bf3, saints row 3, sleeping dogs, dragons dogma.... uh, there were more... dark souls... All of those are m rated.

All of those were free in 2013. This guy is obviously new, and outlast should be on the list as it clearly states that it offers mature content.

Up to teen only would suck.

Withdreday1283d ago

lol, what a moron the author of this article is.

This is why anyone with a key board shouldn't be allowed to write gaming articles.

johndoe112111283d ago

@ABizzel1

The guy who wrote that article, who i'm pretty sure is the same guy who submitted it, is a troll and I will stand by those words. It's not the first time I've seen him write a controversial article that logically makes no sense.

He trolls for clicks, simple as that. The fact that he can completely ignore the parental controls and even think about blaming sony for what is obviously bad parenting says it all.

I'm sorry but this is why gaming journalism is being turned into a joke. We seem to be having more and more of these types of click bait journalists around.

GameSpawn1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

"First off if you're under 18 you're not suppose to have your own PSN account in the ToS Agreement. As a parent you're suppose to create a main account, then make a sub account for your child that way they wouldn't have access to any of your content without your permission to begin with.

Bad parenting is bad partnering. If you don't want your kids playing mature games, block them on their account, or create a password on their account so you have to download everything.

I'm not going to go into it anymore, because the people on his site have already read him left, right, up, and down, but his goal has been achieved. Get some hits, from writing an ignorant topic."

THIS.

Seriously, the PS4 and PS3 have parental controls for a reason that prevent games over a certain rating from even being started without a passcode. Who gives a damn if Sony gives a M/R18 rated game away with PS+. If you are a SMART parent you'd have parental controls enabled. Unfortunately most parents are more dumb and naive than their own kids in regards to games.

Game ratings have been around for over 20 YEARS!!!! There is NO friggin' excuse for parents to argue about their kids getting and playing games not meant for their age when it is because of the PARENT they have the damn game in the first place.

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aceitman1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

not meant for Iltapalanyymi...to the person who wrote the article, well there is content for everyone , some for 18+ and some 5 and up. if u dont like it or want it, dont take it, there will be someone who wants it. so dont mess up things for everyone who wants certain games because u dont want it or like it. people like u who complain mess things up for everyone. like the good old days dont like it move on .

Eonjay1283d ago

Agreed.

The PS4 has Parental setting. This article is invalid. If you are concerned about what you children see, create a profile for them and assert some damn responsibility. Good day.

ironfist921283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Doesnt the Playstation have a Parental lock on games which are rated a certain number?

HighResHero1283d ago

You are now 41-0 lltapalanyymi.

Also aren't there parental controls and ways they can make sure their kids are doing wholesome things, like parents are supposed to.

fr0sty1283d ago

Nevermind the fact that PS4 has parental control features that any responsible parent should have already set to prevent their children from playing or downloading games not designed for people their age.

quaneylfc1283d ago

Well it shows that some people SHOULD have made these articles when games like bioshock infinite and dead Island came out for plus. It's up to the parents, not playstation for what games their kids should play
The adult restrictions on the playstation 3 and 4 don't affect this at all.

SilentNegotiator1283d ago

"Anyway, that's my position. I love Sony, I hate censorship, but there's a way to do all that and try to think of the children at times as well"

Hmm....reminds me of....of...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

sinspirit1283d ago

Sometimes, I don't understand how some of these people get jobs as "journalists" when they come up with the least thought-out topics.

An insult to a person or group is different from a regular opinion, like what foods or colors you like. You're making a claim that they are that way, period.

He tries to justify that they don't offer clearer instructions for parental controls. Do you think Google is hard to use? And like other people have been saying... Terms of Service. The parents are irresponsible if they purchase something, knowing that there is inappropriate for it, yet, not taking the precautions.

SilentNegotiator1283d ago

Think about it; it's internet journalism, where getting hits is what gets the money. This guy is getting hits and thus the money.

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PoSTedUP1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

oh! the horror! ...maybe itll scare some sense into them bc a lot of parents are too irresponsible to do so..

mafiahajeri1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

Flaud logic, there are a number of demos that Can be accessed by anyone, that can be categorized as "disturbing" it all comes down to monitoring what your child is playing.

mhunterjr1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

yet another article about how <insert publisher> should pick up the slack for parents who don't monitor their kids online activity...

the game clearly has an ESRB rating on it... Which is the gaming industry attemptinig to empower parents to make sound decisions. if a parent makes a concious decision not to get involved, how can the fault fall on the game industry.

DanielGearSolid1283d ago

This seriously infuriates me...

Shutup and be a parent

DanielGearSolid1283d ago (Edited 1283d ago )

I was so pissed I told him to put his kid up for adoption if he cant handle parenting

...that was uncalled for, lol

Ray1861283d ago

You took the words out of my mouth.

jacksjus1283d ago

100%.

My mother used to hide certain components when she didn't want me playing. Therefore she didn't even have to bother with trust. Haha!

Akuma071283d ago

This pisses me off a lot too.

But I am not going to give them the satisfaction of giving them my attention, this is either totally insane, or a cry for attention.