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The Elder Scrolls Online receives M rating

The Elder Scrolls Online receives M rating

The Elder Scrolls Online has been given an M rating by the ESRB. According to Bethesda VP Pete Hines, the company had anticipated a T rating. While disappointed, the company does not plan on challenging the rating. "The game we have created is the one we want our fans to be able to play," Bethesda told fans.

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"Looks cool, so I think I'll wait until this goes "free2play". "
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Metal Gear Solid 5 has rare 'Sexual Violence' ESRB descriptor

Metal Gear Solid 5 has rare 'Sexual Violence' ESRB descriptor

We're used to seeing certain descriptors repeat in the ESRB ratings: Strong Language, Blood and Gore, that sort of thing. Some bit of content in Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes has earned it one of the rarest descriptors that the ESRB gives: "Sexual Violence."

Read more: An audio file earns the rating »

"I await the divisive Penny Arcade strip of the scene and the inevitable shitstorm from various ..."
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How Grand Theft Auto 5 earned its M rating (spoilers)

How Grand Theft Auto 5 earned its M rating (spoilers)

Obviously a game like Grand Theft Auto 5 is going to earn an M rating from the ESRB. Being a game where you rob banks, kill civilians, and fight against cops makes that rather inevitable. However, what else does Rockstar's game do to earn that 17+ rating?

Spoilers follow.

Read more: Sex, drugs, violence »

""... even see cocaine get used" I love that THIS gets the "even". Not the torture, not the ..."
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ESRB ratings getting visual tweak

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ESRB ratings getting visual tweak

ESRB ratings will get a slight tweak later this year. In fact, you might not even notice the change unless you squint.

The updated logos are cleaner, feature less text, and are easier to read. The ratings bureau didn't want to change too much, because it's a system that works, ESRB president Patricia Vance said. They're "familiar symbols parents have come to recognize and trust."

Read more: So why make the change? »

"They removed it because of the "tldr" factor. People can't be forced to focus on such a long "
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies earns M rating

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies earns M rating

With its colorful anime style, it may come as a surprise that Phoenix Wright has never been exactly kid-friendly. It is a series that revolves around solving grisly murders, after all. The upcoming Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies may be getting a little more bloody, as a new trailer reveals it's been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

Read more: Violence, Blood, Suggestive Themes, Language »

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ESA announces large-scale ESRB awareness campaign

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ESA announces large-scale ESRB awareness campaign

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced plans today for a new series of public service announcements to educate parents on ESRB ratings and console parental controls. The awareness blitz will include new announcements on video game platforms, information on game-specific websites and stores, cooperation with state and federal officials to get information to constituents, and PSAs distributed to video game sites, broadcast channels, and retailers.

Read more: Politicians "commend" industry for educating parents »

"The public could not care less to busy trying to find out what rich whore is sleeping with ..."
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Bully, Red Dead Revolver re-release coming to PS3

Bully, Red Dead Revolver re-release coming to PS3

A slew of Rockstar Games will be joining the PS2 Classics line-up on the PlayStation Network. Perhaps the most noteworthy release of all: Bully, the classic open-world boarding school game from Rockstar Vancouver. The title recently received an updated ESRB rating for PS3, and will likely arrived untouched--much like the PSN re-releases of the GTA games.

Read more: Midnight Club, Vice City Stories also coming »

"I'll assume that Bully will be the PS2 version, which will be great, because the 360 port looked ..."
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ESRB rates Cave Story for PlayStation 3, 360, and Vita

ESRB rates Cave Story for PlayStation 3, 360, and Vita

The indie hit Cave Story appears to be coming to a few other platforms. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has updated its rating for the game to include the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Vita -- among some platforms that are more suspect.

Read more: PS2, PSP mentioned as well »

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ESRB simplifies ratings process for downloadable games

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ESRB simplifies ratings process for downloadable games

The times, they are a-changin, and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is changing with them. Today the board formally announced its new "Digital Rating Service," a free questionnaire-based ratings format that will allow digital developers easier access to getting an official ESRB rating on their games.

The ratings body says the new system will be put into use for upcoming downloadable games on the Windows 8 marketplace, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Nintendo eShop. By offering this more approachable offering, more downloadable games will don the ESRB's recognizable ratings.

Read more: Includes online sharing descriptors »

"Windows 7 really isn't that far in the past lol. I don't see my self upgrading for quite a while. "
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Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City re-rated for PS3 (again)

Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City re-rated for PS3 (again)

With Grand Theft Auto fans waiting anxiously for the next installment in the open-world gangland series, it looks like the franchise's classic PS2 games may be coming to the PlayStation Network, according to new entries posted by the ESRB.

Read more: Both games listed for PS3 »

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Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet PC release rated by ESRB

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet PC release rated by ESRB

The insanely gorgeous Insanely Twisted Planet appears to be heading to the PC. Originally an Xbox Live Summer of Arcade release, the Metroidvania-inspired shooter has been re-rated by the ESRB for release on Windows PCs.

A PC release is likely, given XBLA games' penchant for reappearing on other platforms. For example, Bastion and From Dust have already received PC ports.

Read more: Developers respond with a wink »

"another game i will buy and never play! frozen synapse hooray!"
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Original Killzone returning to PS3

Original Killzone returning to PS3

The original Killzone is coming to the PlayStation 3. The Entertainment Software Rating Board website now includes Sony's current generation console as a platform for the 2004 PlayStation 2 title from Guerrilla Games, and Sony has confirmed it is coming.

Unlike recently released HD updates to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, the Killzone release will be digital version of the PS2 game. It is set to arrive on the PSN on January 24 for $9.99.

Read more: Not an HD upgrade »

"I concur. Screenshots looked nice but in play it stunk. I'd rather they go waaaaay back and ..."
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ESRB ratings coming to mobile phones

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ESRB ratings coming to mobile phones

Angry Birds is rated E for Everyone--and not just because everyone in the developed world seems to have the game. The ESRB has announced a new partnership with the CTIA Wireless Association to bring ESRB ratings to mobile phones and applications.

The storefronts for AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, US Cellular, and Verizon Wireless will support ESRB ratings during the application submission (onboarding) process. According to the announcement, "other storefronts" have indicated interest in joining as well.

Read more: Promising a 'convenient, cost-free process' for developers »

"Lame. I hope the iTunes and Android stores don't begin requiring ESRB adoption. That would be ..."
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Darkstalkers re-release coming to PS3/PSP, says ESRB

Darkstalkers re-release coming to PS3/PSP, says ESRB

The Electronic Software Ratings Board has spilled the beans on yet another PS1 Classic, this time an entry from the cult hit fighting series Darkstalkers. A new rating for Darkstalkers: The Night Warrior has been found on the ESRB site. If history is any indication, that means you'll soon be able to plunk down seven bucks for some classic fighting action.

Read more: Darkstalkers is not dead, says Ono »

"Bah, worthless. Bring it to the Xbox360 already - I own the Jap Saturn version bought back in ..."
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EA responds to Battlefield 3 ESRB rating

EA responds to Battlefield 3 ESRB rating

You may recall the "No Russian" mission in Modern Warfare 2 kicked up a bit of a kerfuffle. While you didn't have to gun down civilians, you could, and that didn't sit well with some people. EA may have found a way to top that moral ambiguity in Battlefield 3, as outed by the Electronic Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

Be warned, this may contain Battlefield 3 campaign spoilers.

Read more: EA's response to almost-certain controversy »

"You mean Rock 'n' Roll isn't the music of the devil??? *gasp*"
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