ESRB Revises It’s Rating Description for Dead or Alive Paradise

ESRB Retracts Earlier Statements Calling Game “Creepy”, “Bizzare” and “Cheesy”

February 3, 2010 – A strangely opinionated rating description for Dead or Alive Paradise showed up on the ESRB website this morning and has since been replaced.

The rating description, which called Dead or Alive Paradise “bizzare”, “cheesy” and cited its “creepy voyeurism” was posted in error according to the ESRB.

“The rating summary for Dead or Alive Paradise was posted to our website in error, and we have since replaced that version with the corrected one. We recognize that the initial version improperly contained subjective language and that issue has been addressed,” said Eliot Mizrachi, ESRB spokesman.

Furthermore, Mizrachi added, “Our intention with rating summaries is to provide useful, detailed descriptions of game content that are as objective and informative as possible. However they are ultimately written by people and, in this case, we mistakenly posted a rating summary that included what some could rightfully take to be subjective statements. We sincerely regret the error and will work to prevent this from happening again in the future.”

The original statement can be seen here, while the revised statement is below:

“This is a collection of mini-games, based on the Dead or Alive game series, in which players assume the role of a bikini-clad female character on vacation on a tropical island. Players engage in daily activities that can include hopping across floating pads on a pool and beach volleyball. Players earn credits after each activity that can be used to purchase new outfits, accessories, and gifts to give other female characters on the island. Players can earn additional credits at the island casino as they wager credit in slot machines and in games of poker and black jack. Some purchasable outfits include string bikinis, one-piece thongs, and sling bikinis. Sling bikinis and thongs often provide very little coverage of breast and bare buttocks. Throughout the game players can view characters engaging in variety of activities—pole dancing, stretching, gyrating to music, and climbing trees. Characters are frequently displayed in compromising position (e.g., buttocks up in the air, legs splayed open, straddling tree trucks, etc.) during these activities. These scenes can often feel voyeuristic as players control the camera to rotate, pan, and zoom in on various body parts as they photograph the characters in different poses.”

Quite different, eh?