May 25, 2007
What are themes?
Civilisation IV is certified "PG: mild violence, mild themes."
Mild violence? That's easy to understand. When a battalion of tanks gets decimated by a bunch of enemy longbowmen, I exhibit signs of mild violence. But themes? What on earth are "mild themes"?
The Office of Film and Literature Classification attempts to explain: "Classifiable elements include violence, sex, themes (eg suicide, racism, corruption), coarse language, drug use and nudity."
Ah, yes. Corruption has of course been a feature of Civilisation since day one, so you can imagine the scene that might otherwise play out in countless parental-guidance-lacking homes around the world.
Lisping Golden-Haired Child: "Mama, it was so horrible. Novosibirsk was only producing 30% of its full production. Oh, mama, I cannot sleep for thinking about it!"
Mama: "There, there, darling, it was only a computer game. Don't worry your pretty head about it. Come, sit with me on the chaise longue; we can watch Dick Cheney on the news signing some more no-bid contracts with Halliburton together, and soon you will be quite better."
Fortunately, thanks to the OFLC's alertness for "themes," the world remains safe for childish innocence.
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