Nocturne Computer Game to Feature Prominent Parental Advisory Label on Box
Gathering of Developers and Terminal Reality Take Proactive Steps to Educate Consumers
Dallas, TX, September 23, 1999 - In a proactive move to educate consumers regarding gaming content, developer-driven computer game publisher Gathering of Developers and developer Terminal Reality today announced that the upcoming high-tension, 3D action/horror game NocturneÃƒ” will feature a prominent parental advisory label on the box’s packaging. The label reads "This game contains scenes of animated violence, adult language and some nudity. Suitable for mature audiences only." Nocturne will also contain a setting whereby adult language, nudity and bloodshed can be turned off. Nocturne is both The Gathering's and Terminal Reality's first title rated for Mature Audiences only (MA) by the industry's ERSB rating system. Nocturne will be released on Halloween 1999.
“The gaming industry issued the ERSB ratings in 1994 to educate consumers about potentially violent scenes and adult themes in computer games. As the industry continues to figure out its stance in relation to such games, we are doing our part to reevaluate how we describe game content and define what is appropriate for specific audiences," said Mike Wilson, CEO of Gathering of Developers. “The Gathering and Terminal Reality want to clarify, to both retailers and consumers, that Nocturne is a horror game, and like horror movies, contains graphic content not suitable for all audiences. We hope that other companies follow our lead and employ similar self-regulating steps.”
“Gathering of Developers and Terminal Reality are presenting all of the facts clearly on the front of the box in order to educate potential customers to the game’s content, so that they can make informed and appropriate decisions,” said Terminal Reality’s President and Nocturne Lead Programmer Mark Randel. “Our goal is to ensure that our audience is appropriate for the mature themes presented in Nocturne.”
Placing the player in the realm of classic 1930's pulp action adventure, Nocturne uses advanced technology to create a world of dark brooding shadows, suspense and terror. Players take on the role of a special investigative agent, and are charged to hunt monsters, uncover precious relics, rescue innocents, prevent supernaturally-triggered catastrophes and foil the misbegotten plans of diabolical geniuses all over the world. Gamers manipulate lights, shadows and the objects that influence them to solve puzzles, kill monsters and attain items as they strive to complete four episodic missions.