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Comment Realism (Score 3, Insightful) 244

I think the privacy concern here is a real one. However I don't see the big deal about advertising in games. When I'm playing a game like GTA4 which is supposed to be in NYC, or Rainbow 6 vegas, making a city look real is a major part of those games. Real cities have advertising: billboards, storefronts, posters, whatever. "Fake" adds work great for those, but seeing an add for a company I've heard of certainly doesn't hurt the immersion, it can actually help it. Of course this doesn't apply to the stupid big splash-screen adds or things showing up in blatant, or gameplay changing ways. Those are annoying and need to go. Clearly some games can add this (like those I mentioned above) while others, say Final Fantasy or Mario anything will never lend themselves to this. I think it's a matter of context. Grabbing private information from my computer/console to try and customize these adds is a direction I'm not a huge fan of, but this is very much not isolated to video games. It's all over the web and I'm sure advertisers are trying to do it elsewhere.

Comment Re:You know, I don't get it. (Score 1) 398

I'm all for not giving kids M rated games, thats why the ratings even exist. What you're missing is that there are no laws anywhere, that I'm aware of, that make it a crime (even a misdemeanor, let alone a felony) to let a kid into an R rated movie, or sell them that movie. The same goes for music, TV, and books, which don't even have ratings yet can be just as violent as any other media. I believe it should be store policy to not sell M rated games to kids, but if one employee slips, they shouldn't be marked for life.

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