As the National Institute on Media and the Family puts the finishing touches on its 11th annual Video Game Report Card*, rating parents', retailers', manufacturers' and the ESRB's efforts to keep M-rated content out of children's hands, we get an sneak peek at the media watchdog's holiday blacklist:
- Dead Rising
- Gangs of London
- The Godfather: Mob Wars
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Just Cause
- Mortal Kombat: Unchained
- Reservoir Dogs
- Saints Row
- Scarface: The World is Yours
- The Sopranos
It's unclear how high-profile shooter Gears of War
escaped damnation -- perhaps sawing apart aliens isn't as distasteful as bludgeoning has-been humans (you know, zombies). Why the National Institute on Media and the Family chooses to single out the titles it does remains a mystery. All of the games listed above already carry M-ratings, as do countless others not on the list. Wanna protect your kids? Just go with the rating on the box.
*The "report card" presentation is scheduled
to conclude at noon today.
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