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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...

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

- Splinebastard see all 26 comments

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...

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

- Bensam123 see all 71 comments

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...

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

- sinclair4217 see all 9 comments

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...

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

- sinclair4217 see all 5 comments

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...

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

- TerranUp16 see all 12 comments

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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"I didn't quite understand the context of the article when I posted this. Sorry guys."

- lookitzpancakes see all 16 comments

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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"I swear I clicked reply to bluewagon's message... Anyway, I see what you're saying. But it's ..."

- hoov1185 see all 78 comments

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...

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

- cause&effect see all 29 comments

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...

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

- kek see all 34 comments

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:...

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

- Kazomir see all 86 comments

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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"I think it's safe to say that nobody cares. Mercy comment! Man, gaming news kinda sucked today."

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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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"some good stuff in there. haha. "Trying to encourage sexual acts in a book made available to ..."

- bbmar23 see all 36 comments

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....

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

- David Craddock see all 20 comments

Oklahoma Politician Swaps Sides to Support ESRB, Others Offer Suggestions

By Carlos Bergfeld, Dec 05, 2007 2:26pm PST

Officially halted in September after more than a year of court battles brought on by the Entertainment Software Association, the Oklahoma bill...

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"It's not like it's an impossible idea to implement, but the parents who already disregard ..."

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NIMF Slams ESRB As Complacent, ESRB Says NIMF Lacks Understanding

By Chris Faylor, Dec 04, 2007 3:13pm PST

A feud between the National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) and the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) has erupted, causing the...

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"I expect to see a postal-style game where you get to shoot up these idiots. The violent nature ..."

- dpgagnon see all 10 comments