Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Get Yo' A*s Whoop in MvC3, B*e-yotch!

Most readers have probably already seen the ESRB entry for Marvel vs Capcom at Regardless, I found it too funny not to repost here and comment on.
This is an arcade-style fighting game in which players can engage in three-on-three battles with characters from the Marvel Comics and Capcom universes. Players punch, kick, and use over-the-top attacks (e.g., laser blasts, fireballs, lightning strikes) to deplete opponents' life meters. Some characters also use pistols, swords, throwing knives, or explosives to knock characters across the screen or to the ground. A handful of female characters wear revealing outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage and buttocks (e.g., one character's costume covers her breasts with thin strips of cloth). The dialogue sometimes references suggestive material (e.g., "Ya got any naked pictures of your mom? Want some?"), and one still-frame cutscene depicts a female pole dancer under a sign that reads, "Sexual Embrace." Language such as "a*s, "hell," and "b*e-yotch" appear in dialogue.
First, I'd like to comment on the censorship within the entry itself. Why are the words "ass" and "bee-yotch" censored? They're not exactly vulgar. Also, if a parent wanted to understand the content of the game before making a purchasing decision for a child, wouldn't it be more beneficial to actually spell the words out? Words like "bee-yotch" don't exactly have official spellings, and removing letters from them surely does not make them any more comprehensible or less offensive.

With that out of the way, we begin the guessing game as to which characters are implied in the description. The revealing outfit referred to is obviously Felicia's. The line about naked pictures is most likely a character known for carrying a camera, like Spiderman or Frank West. The still-frame cutscene is probably from Morrigan's ending, as her air throw is called Sexual Embrace. The Vs. game endings are known for having cameo appearances by other characters, so Morrigan herself may not be the one pole dancing. Basically, the description, though hilarious, reveals nothing new.

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