Why Was Goldeneye Classified Twice?

Why Was Goldeneye Classified Twice?

Goldeneye was rated PG on July 19 this year. Goldeneye was also rated M on August 19 this year. What the heck is that all about?

The first classification describes the “Original” version of a “multi platform” game called Goldeneye 007. It was awarded a PG rating for “Mild violence.”

The second classification describes the “Modified” version of a “multi platform” game called Goldeneye 007. It was awarded an M rating for “Violence, sexual references and coarse language.”

Had Goldeneye been mistakenly rated PG? Had Activision resubmitted a more mature version of the game? We asked Activision to explain themselves.

The answer, it turns out, is simple. The first game is the DS version of Goldeneye. The second game is the Wii version of Goldeneye, pictured. Different games, different content… different classification required.

So why did they both say “multi platform”? Most multi-platform games receive the same rating because they contain the same content. Think of every 360, PS3 and PC multi-platform title. When a publisher submits a multi-platform game for classification, they can combine the SKUs as one submission. So that’s how it gets listed on the Board’s database. Sometimes, however, as you can see, particularly when it comes to multi-platform games across console and handheld, that content can differ sufficiently to warrant a new submission and a different classification.

[Thanks Vextroid for the tip in yesterday’s Censor Watch comments]


      • It would explain a lot, yes. lol.

        I wounder if Activation are planing to put it out on the 360 and PS3 as well tho…… I mean, if both submitting where MPed, then is it possible that the DS edition is going to PSP or even iPhone/iTouch?

        It is till a possibility…

      • Now i know why your leaving to pursue other journalistic media… where people can’t reply to point out what you’ve already written lol:P

        One Q though… if it already passed as a “multiplatform” rating, does that mean that Activision technically didn’t have to pay the money to submit it again and could have put the Wii version out under the PG rating?

        • Yes, but they would have gotten in lots of trouble if it was found that one version exceeded the rating applied to the other version.

      • But that would require reading the whole article… I mean look at it, it has paragraphs and stuff! :p

        Seriously though I think they call it multi platform even though they have different contect in the hope that the success of one game would transfer over to the other because people will think they’re the same?

      • Sorry, David. I read your post again and it seems I missed the middle paragraph by mistake.

        @lolwut: Last I checked, I am human. Am I not entitled to make an honest mistake? Or is there a law out there that claims if I have the word “wise” in my online name I am expected to be infalliable?

  • Interesting.

    Although I don’t find it very often that I bother to play both a handheld and console version of the same game. Tekken 6 was an exception but that’s only because I could practice my moves on the PSP and then switch to the PS3 whenever I got home.

    I can sort of understand the need for different classifications between console and handheld but personally, it all seems a little contrived.

  • I noticed the same thing with The Force Unleashed II – one month you had it listed as PG and the next it was listed as M, I remember that the first game was also rated PG for the DS (I guess because the poorer graphics make it seem less violent)

  • Actually, goldeneye would have been classified three times. the first time would have been the original on the nintendo 64

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