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The ESRB Stamp by Busiris The ESRB Stamp by Busiris
Alrighty, I want to get this stamp submitted since I have had it sitting there waiting to be submitted for a long time!

Its a stamp that I like because it has a message but I feel like I coulda done a better job. It is a bit refined but still sloppy. But hey! So is my most popular stamp! :D

Anyways yes, the ESRB, the american video game rating system. I made this because of Manhunt 2. Sure I probably won't buy the game, I'm not that interested in it. Maybe a rental? But it showed people that giving a game AO (Adults Only) is basically a ban on the game since no one will sell an AO rated game. That technically is a violation of the 1st amendment in my opinion, because we cannot ban anything for content like that. Free Speech, baby ^^
That doesn't mean that everyone can play it. I am old enough to play it, as I am sure some people who see this will be too. That means it should be there for me to play! Thats what this stamp is all about.

anyways, if you agree, then use this stamp in your journal and shoutboard. But also :+fav: and comment please! As always I wanna know hoe you feel about it :hug:

M and AO (c) Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB)
Manhunt 2 (c) Rockstar games
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:icondark-wolf-spaniel:
Dark-Wolf-Spaniel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey i agree.
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:iconcanno21:
canno21 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Artist
I'm 13, AND MANHUNT IS BEAUTIFFUL.
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DJHiryu508 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I agree that games with the AO rating should be kept from plain sight in stores (think about the little kids, man!) but they shouldn't be banned from stores! Why not just keep AO games behind the counter or something?
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SilverStarApple Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This. Along with a sign asking customers to not loudly ask for one of the following AO games: [Insert AO game list here]
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buddy1913 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh the joys of the rating system that's on almost every game here and yet no one cares about. we had the U PG 12a 15 and 18 stickers (UK) but now almost everyone completely ignores them in the real world.
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It's true, but it's the vocal minority that complains about the violent and sexual images in there, sadly. Otherwise, I think nobody would care/mind it.
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:iconbuddy1913:
buddy1913 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its normally that vocal minority that sadly don't play games either.
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:iconpink-sugar-tea:
Pink-Sugar-Tea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
    I'm a young teenager and I'm still allowed to play MA games and AO games. I feel like as long as you're enjoying the game it doesn't matter.. xD;
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I agree, I played them for many years and it doesn't bother me. ^^
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:iconkoala-sam:
Koala-Sam Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i'm only 13 and i watched so much movies and shows that are rated MA and i played horrible games like that too....
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:iconcatthylove:
Catthylove Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been playing M rated games since I was eleven, actually. My mom didn't mind. Most parents I know couldn't give less of a damn.
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Koala-Sam Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
my parents didn't care if I play bad games. My dad lets me play grand theft auto back when I was 5.
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:iconcatthylove:
Catthylove Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Grand Theft Auto, although my mom doesn't mind now, that was one of the only games she had a problem with me playing back then. :S
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Koala-Sam Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
XD eeyup.
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retardeddonut Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   General Artist
I`ve actually seen 9 YEAR OLDS going into my local Game shop, buying games like Black Ops and GTA! I don`t even think the child`s parents even care. :O
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
That's pretty awful. D: Not every kid is the same, but I am left to assume those kinda games aren't good for most 9 year olds.
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TheStrangerous Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that's why being as an adult is awesome!
I gotta say, teenage time of life sucks in my view.
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Being grown-up is certainly a perk onto itself! Being young sucks in many ways but sometimes I wouldn't mind going back. XD My parents never cared if I got M-rated games. :D
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TheStrangerous Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, I'll be honest.
I also played M rated games as a teen, hell even as a 12 year old, and my parents didn't mind it. And I didn't go on a real-life killing spree whatsoever.
Video game haters are ignorants and everything they say is horseshit!
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Morggehan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PEGI rates games 18+, including Grand Theft Auto, and it still sell.
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Well the game still sells well here as well, it's just the M rating is for people ages 17+ and it is illegal for stores to sell to people below age 17. Although they get the games eventually somehow anyways. XD
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Morggehan Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! now i'm 18, and i don't need to shake two sh*ts about rating games!
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Lol now you can get whatever game you want.
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:iconmorggehan:
Morggehan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...by their parents?
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InvaderLUR Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
There's such thing as rated games? :confused:
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InvaderLUR Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Opps! I 4got 2 include the A in there.
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Ormanok Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Totally agree with you
If you live in California, you surely know that Schwarnzenegger is trying to ban violents video game to minors, so, logically, the video game industry will lose a lot of proud gamers and because the California is in recession, they will lose a lot of money, so tis very stupid :disbelief:
myself I've played M-rated games as a minor, so...
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Busiris Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Thankfully I do not live in California. Sadly though I doubt it's in any way his sole choice. The whole thing about the rating system to begin with is parents not understanding what's in a game. But parents are lazy and when their kid plays a violent game, instead of blaming themselves or at least talking to their kids about it, they'll blame the game companies and put pressure onto political leaders to ban the stuff. :\ It's pretty sad. I've played plenty of M-rated games before turning 18 and I'm fine. lol.
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Ormanok Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
There are idiots in the world... a lot, unfortunately :(
There are some who do not understand that this is not a poison.
Instead, it teaches you things of life (but, for the science fiction games, it's different XD)
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sabbs95 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
my brother is 10 and he plays M gamess... you can't really stop people from buying these games soo why label them??
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NikkiFirestarter Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Right on!
If you ask me, a sheltered life is harmful in the end anyway... I mean, their going to learn things eventually anyway, so why shock them when they're so much older?
If you keep them from the world, they know nothing, good or bad.
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OrganicSoup Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Agreed, And in my veiw, The underage people wanting to buy the 18+ games have probly already seen all the things the game would have, So why label it at all?
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Busiris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Very true. Parents just love to pretend that their kids are blind and will become monsters if exposed to something make-believe and violent or controversial.
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meeper1988 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lol yeah i bought a M game when i was 12 and they looked at me suspisiously but let me buy it either way XD
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AngelShizuka Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I once baught a Yaoi Manga for 18+ (didn't knew before I baught it)
and they still sold me it xD even though I was 15 x3
(or maybe just cuz my parents were with me o.o)

but I think I'm old enough to choose =D (I'm 16 now)
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Busiris Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
heh ^^; interesting. Well when I see that sentence there, it's clearly because you had adults with you and thats pretty much consent to buy right there.
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AngelShizuka Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but another time, when I went to buy some other volumes of the Manga, I was all alone, but I still could buy them D=
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Flav10mPM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
maybe for that time, the guy at the store already knew you were a pervy yaoi fangirl authorized by her parents ewe

In any case, something similar happened to me. Except it was het. And I really didn't need to read such a scene. The gorn... ZOMG THE GORN!! THE GOOGLES DID NOTHING DX
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AngelShizuka Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I baught them at an expo =3
|D
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sexywerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Here they don't give a damn, anyone can buy what they want
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Busiris Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Not always. You're from the UK? The game Manhunt 2 was continually banned for a couple months until Rockstar's appeal in high court managed to get the game in. If they didn't care so much, that game wouldn't be there. haha. Its really kind of the same as a rating system, except more constrictive.
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sexywerewolf Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
no, I live in spain but I'm british
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
ah because it says UK on your page.
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MollyMews Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
But Really, maybe a video game simulating that kind of violence SHOULDN'T be allowed to the general public, I don't see the general fun in a game that is simulating the worst and most terrible of our human world.
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MacDoninri Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
its fun to have lived in a country where no one follows the ESRB / legal age stuff. =)
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:iconbusiris:
Busiris Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
XD yeah. I can bet.
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KatChanPWNS Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Awesome stamp. ^-^
Back in the day it would only be rated AO or M if there was nudity.
Now if it says the F word it would be rated Mature. What the hell?!
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Busiris Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
WELL... actually it'd always be rated M for language, but most games back in the day had minimal dialogue to begin with, or kept it to a small amount of foul language. XD It runs the same rules as movies, really. But they are kinda harsh on games still. :\
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HAZuff Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
To be honest, I've never really grasped the concept of ESRB ratings like these. What defines the E M or AO or whatever other letter you have for these ratings? You can be mature when you're 16, childish when you're 40, and classed as an adult at god knows how many different ages in various different parts of the world.
I've never seen them in Britain; we have age restrictions, though I think age restrictions are pretty pointless for most games, considering things like in a lot of areas, the things in GTA for example happen all the time; there's violence death and whatnot everywhere. It's nothing noone's seen before, and trying to keep your kids ignorant to that is wrong, because they'll only find out the hard way, anyway.
Just my view. Feel free to challenge it XD
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DarkDijinArtie89 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
I know the answer to why games are still getting the bad treatment with ratings and stuff!! (well, maybe sort of)

THE 90s.

Think about it; who doesn't remember seeing a blaring Pokemon commercial or finding toys of Pikachu or Spyro in your cereal boxes or the Mario and Sonic cartoons? So much over-commercialization and over-marketing of the 90s gaming era resulted in a really bad viewpoint of those who really disliked games ever since the 80s. Game companies were viewed as uncaring tycoons who were trying to make big bucks on corrupting little kids' minds. I still remember reading all the news articles and tabloids on how people felt about their kids playing Pokemon and other video games.

Well then came GTA's huge popularity and being what it is, it kind of sent people off onto a even bigger negative surge against the industry even more.

But really though, being that I've been playing games ever since I was 4 years old (I still remember all the fun I had with Duck Hunt and the old Atari), I've noticed that are some things that are really off balanced. Heck, even games that aren't all that violent (Sim City comes to mind) don't need an E-rating because the sheer amount of content in them is too much for a little kid to handle. The whole new E+10 rating seems to be a bit of a joke to me and being that I've played a few M rated games here and there (and I own MGS the Twin Snakes), I don't see what all the problem is outside of just marketing them. I don't need all the violence and crap like that, I just want a good story and good gameplay.

However, I happily support this stamp though.
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