Scribblenauts gets funniest ESRB Ratings summary to date

by: Dan -
Every since the ESRB started including summaries of their ratings, they have usually been to the point and not having much humor. Well, Mike Smith over at the Plugged In blog at Yahoo Games had a write up today about the 10+ rating and description that the ESRB gave to Scribblenauts. We have been giving the game some attention (1, 2) lately and it was a favorite of Chuck’s at E3.

What makes the description so funny? Well, take a read for yourself directly from the official page at the ESRB:

“This is a puzzle game in which players navigate a series of traps, puzzles, and enemies to collect stars scattered throughout the colorful levels. Players have the ability to summon different objects by writing/typing in the word (e.g., bike, spaceship, lion) and watching it come to life. If multiple words are entered in a sequence, different whimsical scenarios can be triggered: a bicycle can be used to jump over a baby; a bulldozer can clear away a shark; and cabbage can be fed to dinosaurs. Players can elect to summon "cartoony" versions of bats, bombs, guns, and flamethrowers. These types of items can be used to destroy objects or even other summoned items (e.g., a club can be used to hit an animal; steak can be attached to a baby to attract lions; rockets can be lobbed at a man). These triggered animations are minimally depicted and are usually accompanied by popping, musical sound effects; bright, star-shaped flashes; or small puffs of smoke. If players wish to, they may type in the word vomit, which causes a beige-colored lump to appear on the screen.”
 
Oh yeah, good stuff. Sounds like that ESRB employee was having a good old time seeing what they could get the game to do (kind of like using a Speak and Spell to say curse words). I wonder if that club can be used on baby seals and if PETA will protest Warner Brothers.
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