ScattershotsShawn Drotar

Posted on May 25th, 2007 in Gaming, PC Gaming, News, Opinion by Shawn Drotar

We’re headed into Memorial Day weekend, and I’ll admit it - I’m really ready for it.

Forza Motorsport 2 should be on store shelves when we return on Tuesday, so a trip to the ‘ol gaming store will probably be in order. That way, those of you who were driving somewhere over the holiday weekend can continue driving on the Xbox 360 after you get back… though at $59.99, Forza’s probably cheaper than that full tank of gas you just guzzled

Some Friday tidbits:

  • Dennis McCauley has another entry in his blog, “The Political Game”. In it, he’s noticed that as far as video games and crime go - the media doesn’t trust anyone under 30.
  • Halo 2 for Microsoft Vista has been pushed back one week… because of partial nudity. Yeah, you read that right.

According to Microsoft, “It has come to our attention that an unfortunate, obscure content error which includes partial nudity was included in our initial production of Halo 2 for Windows Vista. As such, we have updated the initial game packaging at retailers with a label, so customers are aware before purchasing the game. Additionally, we’ve developed an online update which can be downloaded from to remove the content.”

I’m looking forward to seeing that label. Or am I?

Said the ESRB in a statement, “After the M (Mature 17+) rating assignment was issued for Halo 2 for Vista and just prior to the shipment of the game to retail, Microsoft notified ESRB about pertinent content found in a map editor tool that is being bundled with the game. The content in question, although likely to be inaccessible to the vast majority of users, displays a photograph of an individual showing his bare backside to the user when a particular error occurs, and thus warrants a ‘Partial Nudity’ content descriptor in order to alert consumers to its presence in the product. Microsoft has therefore applied stickers with correct ESRB rating information to the packaging of virtually all copies that will ship to retail in the U.S. and Canada. We have been advised by Microsoft that future runs of the game will be produced without the content in question, thus negating the need for the descriptor to be displayed on those versions.
“ESRB’s job is to ensure that games are appropriately labeled, and that is precisely what we did in this case. We greatly appreciate Microsoft’s cooperation in this matter.”

Well, that was unexpected, but shockingly, it’s not the most inane news of the day… that honor goes to this:

Seriously - Fox is really making a Sims movie. In related news, Orson Welles just rolled over in his grave.

On the bright side, with this kind of talent on board, how could it possibly fail? (Producer John) Davis’ most recent projects include “Norbit,” “When A Stranger Calls,” and “Eragon.” (Scriptwriter Brian) Lynch scripted and helmed “Big Helium Dog,” and penned “Scary Movie 3″.

Well, according to Lynch’s IMDB bio, he didn’t pen “Scary Movie 3″, and if that’s true, then he’s probably grateful. But my favorite tidbit, according to IMDB, is this one: Lynch was once was the singer/triangle player for a Warrant tribute band called Subpoena.

Outstanding. Maybe EA can sell these guys the film rights to Spore when it finally comes out in 2025.

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  1. The C said,

    on May 25th, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    I guess Halo 2 was just cutting out the middle man.

    Pretty much the first mod for any pc game is a nude code.

    Tomb Raider games? Nude mod.

    WoW? Nude mod.

    Madden? Oh dear god!

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