YvoCaro Plays

YvoCaro plays: about age rating and following in Links footsteps

Time to sit down for another YvoCaro plays: as always, these are about the video games I’m playing. These thoughts just spring up in my mind, sometimes game related, sometimes they are not.

It’s only fair to warn you that spoilers might be ahead! And by the way, if you like these blurbs of gaming thoughts, you can find the previous ones here.

Following in Link’s footsteps

Very early morning. Still darken and very quiet outside. Cold in a way that your breath forms little wisps of air. Most people are still asleep, as it’s only 6 am. I’m walking towards my bus stop, the bus will bring me to my train to go to work. A sound accompanies me, the jingling sound of something metal. 

Of course I realize it’s my almost empty tin of mints in my handbag. But another image forms in my mind: Link, trekking across yet another plain. His shield and sword giving rhythm to his strides by softly clanging together. 

Even thinking of the game fills me with great memories. It’s still my number one game on the Switch. Maybe I should visit Hyrule again!

Don’t let them see a wine glass!

Over here at the site we try to keep the content family friendly. Which is why we don’t review games that have been rated M for Mature. But shortly after we set this rule, some problems presented itself. You see, the rating are different is various parts of the world. 

Games that are rated 16+ in Europe often get an M in America. And since I don’t like to feel like Miss Prim, I decided we would take the European standard. 

So I know about the differences, but I feel American ratings can take it a bit too far! Last week I was reviewing Passpartout: the Starving Artist. A perfectly innocent game as far as I was concerned. This was confirmed by the European rating of 3+. I was flabbergasted when I saw the American rating: Teen! 

I couldn’t resist checking into it. You know why it got a Teen rating? Because the game mentions the artist needing money to buy a baguette, and…hold it: wine! Yup, I can see why a young and impressionable person would be totally overthrown by the mere mention of wine! (Insert a sarcastic emoji here). A rather short YvoCaro Plays today, as my other “hobby” (also called: work) is demanding my attention more hours a day then it should. So I’ll leave you know with the wish that you have more gaming time then I have at the moment!

One comment

  1. The rating issue is what I was trying to argue about Iconoclasts. A T rating can mean different things and game ratings are not always straight forward. It’s interesting that American’s have a thing about wine? I know the European ratings board treat any game with gambling in a similar way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *