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Posted: Apr 21st 2008 2:33PM (Unverified) said

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I don't really have a problem with the mature content in AoC (As a fan of the books, I look forward to existing in this gritty world), but I do expect the lowest-common-denominator to surface once this game goes live.

Sure, Robert E. Howard wrote of mature themes, but I highly doubt the nudie-players will be playing along Howard's script. Which just means I expect to be accosted by plenty of nude femmes named CaNdItiTs and BOOOOBASTIC while trying to turn in a quest reward. I guess it's no worse than the nudie-skinned players in City of Heroes. They'll get bored with it and move on, like most griefs.

Either way, nude or not, I just hope the artistic direction is better than mediocre. So far, it seems to be average, or above-average.

Posted: Apr 21st 2008 7:19PM (Unverified) said

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I like it when a game developer pushes the envalope. I'm particularly happy that they didn't water the U.S. version down like I was also certain it would. Conan is a dark, barbaric, crude world and dumbing it down for a larger fanbase wouldn't do it justice.

Posted: Apr 21st 2008 7:36PM (Unverified) said

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Oh please. You really think they are going to care what age group they have? Sex or no, the chances of them actualy ridding a paying customer for their age and screening them because there is sex in the game is about the same as parrents actualy monitoring their kids activities online. Its like one-million to one.

It will be like Vanguard where they announce publicly through a world side channel that they are removing someone form the game and dont ever actualy do so.

Sex doesnt push the envelope. God Of War, leasure suit larry, and as mentioned, tons of other games have already done this. Its an advertising ploy as per usual.

My honest oppinion of this game is: Strategy game deceptively hidden and veiled through shitty use of false advertisement to be a thrid-person MMO. Its a graphicly beautiful game, as every modern game is these days, with medeocre playstyle and the absoloute boredom of having to play out every stupid aspect of ones home life from taking out the trash and choping fire wood to watering your horse so it doesnt die.

After you find out that the game is geared twards people that like ruling empires and making fortress' and hiring countless grunts to seige some undead infested crap, you might actualy spend some time exploring the world solo. But wait...combat in third person is 90% aoe ...and you have a whole woping three moves to repete over and over. So awe inspiring, truely! So you get bored and go back to your city and decide to find a group...but they are all to busy rerolling in hopes they find a class that doesnt bore them to tears.

Honest review, stop bullshiting about a silver plated turd folks.

Posted: Apr 22nd 2008 3:59PM aboutblank77 said

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Posted: Apr 27th 2008 2:27AM (Unverified) said

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hi

Posted: Apr 28th 2008 11:44AM (Unverified) said

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Most insightful comment ever? You decide.

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Posted: Apr 28th 2008 4:23AM (Unverified) said

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umm.... MrBeefy, do you even know what you're talking about? have you read a single thing about the game...

anyways i do hope they succeed at keeping kids away from this game, for the obvious reason and because i would hate to see all the immature kiddies from WoW in this game X(

Posted: May 19th 2008 5:31PM (Unverified) said

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I'm a bit late replying to this but I thought I should get this out there in a more moderate sense: Ultimately the sex and violence is a gimmick.

The ESRB rates their games on the basis of representations of offensive behaviour: sex, drugs, booze, and rock and roll. Well, okay maybe not that last bit, but I had to say it.

"Mature" means far more than just kicking back a few, watching ketchup pour out of someone's neck, and catching some Medieval Cinemax. Truly mature content involves quests that put forward complicated moral quandries and situations that require an educated or wise mind to parse through and appreciate. KotOR and NWN both had major quests where you were a solicitor at an NPC's court trial for example- with very interesting ins and outs.

Both games, however, only made a T rating because of their lack of overt violence and sex.

Age of Conan is being marketed as the "mature MMO"- but it will attract a lot of teenagers with something to prove. My little brother is much younger than I and still lives at home, he was able to dupe my father into buying CoH and EQ2. The only thing that prevented him from playing was the online fee- which is what my father balked at.

Parents ignore ratings. Children like "teh bewbz" because it's novel and they don't know how to look up porn on the internet yet. It's a marketing sham.

I'm still going to try AoC with gusto of course, but I'm under no illusions about it being a "mature MMO" It just has sex and violence practically for its own sake. That by itself isn't mature. I can get a nudie mod for WoW and call it a good un, how is this any different save for the devs sparing me an extra download?

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