In light of all the attention that the sex vs. violence poll we posted on What They Play recently, I'm hoping our latest story will arouse some interest too. Over the past month, we've been digging around trying to find everything we can on all 23 games that are rated "AO" (Adults Only) by the ESRB, and the results are here in our For Adults Only story.
You'd be surprised how tough it is tracking down all this stuff...many of the games are no longer available, some of them aren't really "games" and one of them was never released. Of the 23 that carry the rating, 20 of them do so because of something "sexual," and the naughty content runs the gamut from masturbation to oral sex, sex with vegetables (!), rape, and scatology. Interestingly, with the exception of the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hiccup a while ago, little of the AO-rated stuff is recent, and that which is comes from "special editions" on the PC which are only available as digital downloads, and are based on naughtier European releases.
We tried to play as many of the games as we could, but for some of them it just wasn't possible. Some of the older, less "gamey" stuff was almost impossible to track down, and in the case of "Cyber Photographer and Printshop" we couldn't even find any information online, save for the basic facts that are also listed on the ESRB site. Try it! Try Googling it, Asking for it, Yahoo-ing it, and any other kind of search or community based tool that might track it down. There's nothing. IGN may say that it's the "ultimate Cyber Photographer and Printshop resource for trailers, screenshots, cheats walkthroughs, release dates, previews, reviews..." and on and on and on. While that's usually the case, believe me, in this case, it really isn't. There's nothing. Its like it never existed. If you've played it, or have it...let me know. I'd love to update the feature.