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PSP Go Promotion Offers Game Based on Age

by Brian Leahy, Feb 26, 2010 12:00pm PST
Related Topics – PSP, Sony

From now until March 21st, purchasing a new Sony PSP Go will come with one of two free games: Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines or LittleBigPlanet. Joystiq discovered that the free title requires registration of a free PlayStation Network account and the choice of which game a buyer gets is then determined by their age as entered when creating that new account.

LittleBigPlanet and Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines

Gamers under 17 will receive LittleBigPlanet (arguably the better game) and those 17 and older get Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines. That creates a problem for the gamer over 17 who prefers to receive LittleBigPlanet. He or she must create an account flagged as under 17, locking out other adult-rated content.

As a test, after creating a new account set to age 13, I was only able to find M-rated PS1 Classics. Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines was no where to be seen, along with any other M-rated PSP games. Similarly, R-rated films and TV-MA shows are hidden.

It makes sense to hide this content from minors, but forcing customers to lie about their age to receive their choice in an either/or promotion highlights the challenges of enforcing these systems. A potential workaround is creating a under-17 account to receive the code for LittleBigPlanet, but redeeming that code on an over-17 account.

I've reached out to Sony for comment, but no statement was available at press time. As soon as I hear back I'll update this story with any new developments.

Update: Sony has confirmed to me that:

Yes, under-17 accounts do not have access to M-rated content on PSN.




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