Microsoft Launches 'Get Game Smart' Parental Awareness Campaign

By Chris Faylor, Jan 14, 2009 8:11am PST

As part of its ongoing family-oriented efforts, Microsoft today unveiled its "Get Game Smart" initiative to educate parents about family-friendly...


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ESRB Leaks Guitar Hero Modern Hits Details

By Chris Faylor, Dec 26, 2008 9:28am PST

The Entertainment Software Rating Board has struck again, leaking the first concrete information of the recently-trademarked Guitar Hero Modern...


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ESRB Providing Detailed 'Rating Summaries' to the Public, Industry Critics Applaud Move

By Chris Faylor, Nov 12, 2008 8:06am PST

The Entertainment Software Rating Board today announced it will offer "rating summaries" for all the games it has rated since July 1, 2008, a move...


"Idiots will always find a way to be idiotic. The rest of us shouldn't have to endure lesser ..."

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Bethesda Pulls Fallout 3 Marketing 'In Connection with ESRB Guidelines'

By Blake Ellison, Oct 27, 2008 4:36pm PDT

Censorship and Bethesda's Fallout 3 (PC, 360, PS3) are good friends, and the two just got a little closer: Bethesda has asked gaming websites...


"It is when you are building enthusiasm (omg the trailers are too bad ass to be shown!). I ..."

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Anti-ESRB Group Responds on Receiving ESA Funds

By Blake Ellison, Sep 30, 2008 4:09pm PDT

The National Institute on Media and the Family, the non-profit group that has repeatedly blasted the video games industry, is now proud to "work...


"Anytime you see something this stupid happen, there is only one explanation. Money changed hands ..."

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ESA Funds Inflammatory Anti-ESRB Group

By Blake Ellison, Sep 29, 2008 12:16pm PDT

The Electronic Software Association, the trade association lobbying for the video games industry, has given a substantial grant to the National...


"...and they wonder why they are hemorrhaging members left and right. I'm not sure what they ..."

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Guitar Hero World Tour PC Edition Listed by ESRB; Logitech to Offer 'Premium' Instrument Controllers

By Aaron Linde, Jul 31, 2008 10:48am PDT

A new listing on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board's website appears to indicate that Neversoft's multi-instrument rhythm title Guitar Hero...


"Red Octane already makes the instruments. Harmonix is behind Rock Band now- Guitar Hero 3, ..."

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ESRB Plugs Game Leaks with New Website Protocol

By Aaron Linde, Jun 20, 2008 12:35pm PDT

A memo from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board revealed that the agency is implementing new functionality in its website to prevent evidence...


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New Bill Proposes ID Checks for Game Purchases; ESRB, FTC Say Retailers Are Getting Better

By Chris Faylor, May 08, 2008 8:36am PDT

A bill presented to the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday would force retailers to check the ID of anyone buying an M or AO-rated game or...


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ESRB Listing Reveals New DS Castlevania Title

By Aaron Linde, Apr 14, 2008 10:51am PDT

A new listing on the Entertainment Software Rating Board's website indicates that a new title in Konami's long-running Castlevania series is...


"Uh no. By all means go 3D - but keep it a side scroller a'la SOTN - in fact, as Pyide said, I'd ..."

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Ex-ESRB Rater Offers Harsh Critique of System

By Aaron Linde, Mar 07, 2008 7:58pm PST

Former rater for the Entertainment Software Ratings Board Jerry Bonner thoroughly criticized his ex-employer in an article appearing in this...


"It should be enforced by the parents. If it's being played in the house, look at the rating. ..."

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Age of Conan Not Censored in North America (Updated)

By Aaron Linde and Chris Faylor, Feb 05, 2008 4:11pm PST

Update: Contradicting earlier statements, Funcom community manager Shannon Drake now claims that the North American version of Age of Conan:...


"but then I know nothing about Conan. Maybe the nipples are some essential plot element."

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ESRB Rating Hints at New Lost Planet Title

By Chris Faylor, Feb 05, 2008 4:03pm PST

A new entry in Capcom's Lost Planet franchise may be headed to Xbox 360 and PC, according to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. A listing...


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EA Responds to Fox News Report on Mass Effect: "A New Level of Recklessness"

By Chris Remo, Jan 23, 2008 3:41pm PST

Were you sufficiently enraged by the Fox News Channel's recent travesty of journalism revolving around Mass Effect? If not, please go acquaint...


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Peggle XBLA Confirmed, ESRB Rates Other Unannounced Games (Updated)

By Chris Faylor, Jan 08, 2008 3:00pm PST

Update: Peggle is indeed headed to Xbox Live Arcade and is tentatively slated for a Q2 release, a PopCap representative has confirmed to Shacknews....


"Popcap should nominate Remo as "Official Peggle Spokesperson." He's just such a huge fan."

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