World of Tanks to Come in a Box

Or so I gather, since they sent me a press update with the updated box art now that they have received their ESRB rating.

Tanks in a Box

The alternate title for this post: Tanks for Teens.

Having played the game, the teen rating seems a bit much.  The description for the Teen rating says:

Contains content that might be considered unsuitable for children under 13 years of age. Titles in this category may contain more intense violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, blood, simulated gambling, and/or use of strong language (which is uncensored)

I wonder what prompted the ESRB to choose that rating as part of their process?  That is the same rating as WoW, EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, and most other MMOs I looked up where your avatar personally hacks humanoids to death.  In World of Tanks, it is just vehicles getting knocked out.

Or maybe online games just get Teen by default due to the chat channel.

5 thoughts on “World of Tanks to Come in a Box

  1. Kendricke

    It’s been my experience that Teen ratings are common for realistic violence. World of Tanks doesn’t use cartoon or fantasy violence and you can knock out or “kill” members of your tank’s crew (with voiceover to that effect: “The driver’s been killed. We’re trying to cover his position.”).

    There’s a big difference in getting ratings for a game where you hack apart a fictional orc or zombie or dinosaur than in a game where you shoot realistic vehicles piloted by human crew members you can name and choose portraits for.

    Sure, the dev/publisher could have fought on this particular title for an E10 rating, but I’d guess they felt that this title wasn’t really being aimed at that market segment anyway so it probably doesn’t matter much to them.

    Chat channels rarely have anything to do with a rating since the ESRB (and typically PEGI, USK, or OFLC) don’t rate online interactions with other players.

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  2. Shadow

    Beyond just the “realistic violence”, your final conclusions was my first thought. It’s multiplayer, and online experiences cannot be guardanteed, etc… etc…

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  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @Kendricke – Hey, you live! Not that I thought you were dead, but you’ve been very quiet. It has been more than a year now since you’ve had a blog post. (Thank you Google Reader for tracking that.)

    I actually saw somebody named Kendricke in WoT last weekend. You? As with the many variations of your name I spotted in WAR, I always ask the same question, “Not THE Kendricke?”

    Unsurprisingly, I rarely get an answer to that question.

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  4. Kendricke

    Wilhelm,

    If you see a U.S. tank driver named Kendricke, it’s probably me. I’m currently working my way up three different branches of the U.S. tree. I’ve just unlocked my T1 (heavy) and I have 6 tanks at prestige.

    …and yes, I still live. I’m just very, very busy as of late.

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