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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.

May 25, 2007 in Games | Permalink

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