Metal Gear Solid 5 has rare 'Sexual Violence' ESRB descriptor

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has content that earned it a "Sexual Violence" descriptor from the ESRB, a rating shared by only one other game.

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We're used to seeing certain descriptors repeat in the ESRB ratings: Strong Language, Blood and Gore, that sort of thing. Some bit of content in Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has earned it one of the rarest descriptors that the ESRB gives: "Sexual Violence."

Kotaku noticed the ratings descriptor and contacted the ESRB, which said that only 2006's Animamundi received the same content warning. The ratings summary includes some more information on why it earned the rating: "The game includes an audio file in which a female character is sexually assaulted by male characters; while there is no visual depiction, sounds of ripped clothing and struggle can be heard."

Some recent games have had some level of overtones, but mostly as an implied threat. An actual sexual assault, even strictly in audio form, is taking it much further than most games. If nothing else the descriptor can serve as a trigger warning to real-life survivors who may be interested in playing the game.

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    January 7, 2014 7:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Metal Gear Solid 5 has rare 'Sexual Violence' ESRB descriptor.

    Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has content that earned it a "Sexual Violence" descriptor from the ESRB, a rating shared by only one other game.

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      January 7, 2014 8:09 AM

      approved

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      January 7, 2014 8:10 AM

      Maybe the new Metal Gear is equipped with tentacles.

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      January 7, 2014 8:17 AM

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        January 7, 2014 9:53 AM

        Hmm.. Not 'out there' enough for Metal Gear.

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      January 7, 2014 9:49 AM

      Huh. I'm a bit surprised Heavy Rain didn't receive that descriptor, and Tomb Raider. I'm sure there are others. Seems a bit inconsistent.

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        January 7, 2014 10:08 AM

        IIRC, doesn't the rating come from self-selected moments/footage? Maybe those other games had developers that just didn't think of that?

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        January 7, 2014 11:50 AM

        Yeah, there was the moment in Tomb Raider *early spoiler* where she kills the guy early on who appears to want to rape her. Of course if you fail the quick time event he only kills her but it seemed to me to that what he was saying before the QTE was more akin to rape than "I'm going to kill you".

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      January 7, 2014 9:52 AM

      I wonder if solid snake grabs someone's crotch.

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        January 7, 2014 10:17 AM

        45 minute interactive crotch grabbing segment while scaling the Empire State Building in the nude.

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      January 7, 2014 10:06 AM

      hey, could you put a trigger warning at the top for this article? thank you!

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      January 7, 2014 10:10 AM

      Snake enters a different backdoor

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        January 7, 2014 11:35 AM

        !

        cue codec call and 55 minute conversation

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      January 7, 2014 10:55 AM

      We finally get to find out what Snake is actually doing under the cardboard box.

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      January 7, 2014 11:39 AM

      Snake is forced to rape himself, but it stems a philosophical discussion about whether or not having sex with yourself is truly homosexuality, and if you are carrying out the rape to yourself, does it make you a consenting party?

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      January 7, 2014 11:46 AM

      Snake! Snake? Snaaake... (/George Takei voice)

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      January 7, 2014 12:00 PM

      I await the divisive Penny Arcade strip of the scene and the inevitable shitstorm from various flavours of gender, knight, and troll that will erupt over it.

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