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Super Mario Bros - An E-rated game living in an M-rated world

By Sean P. Kelly

I've been playing video games since I was a little child. The first Mario game I played was Donkey Kong on my old Atari system. Later, I discovered the first 2 Super Mario Bros games on one of my cousin's NES. I would later get an NES of my own, followed by an SNES, N64, and Gamecube.

Today, videogames are totally different than they were when I was a kid. It was a little over 10 years ago when the ESRB rating system was created. It was created with the intentions of warning parents about content in videogames. Sadly, it seem it has become a way of saying how "cool" a game is.

The people who played videogames in the 80s and 90s (like me) are now in their 20s and they want a little something more in their videogames. It seems that most people take a look at the "E" rating and believe that it's just for kids and not worth playing. If you looks at the games for the most popular videogame systems around right now (that would be X-Box and PS2), with the exception of sports games, the majority of the games that come out don't have a rating below "T".

Now, let's take a look at the Super Mario series. With the exception of Super Smash Bros Melee, every Mario game has an "E" rating with bright colourful graphics. To many of today's gamers (boy do I hate that name), that is enough to label the SMB series a "kiddie" series. Never mind the fact that Mario games are always fun and challenging, because of the fact that the games do not have realistic graphics or graphic violence, nobody is going to pay any attention to them.

It is sad that people would rather see great graphics and loads of gore, before giving any thought about playing a game. Sure with some games, you might get some sort of story as well, but if it doesn't have people's heads being blown off, it won't be worth playing. And that's just sad.

For SMBhq, I'm Sean Kelly

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