Tag Archives: ESRB
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 | 21:19 GMT
Unlike, say, in the UK or Australia, the American ESRB provides game ratings based on age but is not government-sponsored, and so a lot of folks don’t pay too much attention to them. Thus, we get young children playing Grand Theft Auto, and so on. The ESRB is trying to build awareness, then, with this totally cute little PSA.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 | 11:06 BST
Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 will once again allow you to visit prostitutes, as well as letting you smoke a bong, the game’s new ESRB has revealed.
Sun, Aug 04, 2013 | 22:15 BST
The Entertainment Software Rating Board is changing the look of its video game ratings icons in order to make them more clear and easy to understand given we’re now in the digital distribution age.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | 23:38 BST
The ESRB has rated Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions for PSP, PlayStation 3 and Vita, suggesting the collection of challenges is on the way to the PlayStation network.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 | 06:59 BST
North America’s premiere games rating body has deemed Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies too extreme for under-17′s.
Tue, Apr 02, 2013 | 05:43 BST
The ESRB has rated a PlayStation 3 title called Best of Playstation Network Vol. 1. The description notes that the retail release includes four games – Fat Princess, Tokyo Jungle, Sound Shapes and When Vikings Attack. We have no information of date, price, regional availability, whether Vita cross-play will be enabled, or if more volumes are forthcoming; stay tuned for a proper announce from SCEA. Xbox Live Arcade has produced similar offerings, including Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged.
Thanks, Shack News.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 | 23:34 GMT
According to a report on Giant Bomb, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, kingpin of North American age ratings on games, is relaxing some of their rules a little bit this week. The highlight is that they will no longer require that all video marketing materials for M-rated games be hidden behind an age gate.
Sat, Mar 02, 2013 | 21:28 GMT
Violence in video games is a hot button issue in some circles, with pundit going as far as to blame gun violence on crimes committed around the world, and most recently in the US. One of the most vocal accusers of late, is the EVP of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, who in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut called the video game industry a “callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and sows violence against own people, through vicious violent video games.” His opinion, is not one which Gearbox president Randy Pitchford shares.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 | 10:11 GMT
Survey group Harris Interactive has conducted a poll that suggests 58% of adult Americans believe there is a correlation between teenage violence and violent videogames.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 | 01:13 GMT
ESRB president Patricia Vance has said the rating body isn’t so much a censor as a guardian of creative freedom in games.
Mon, Feb 18, 2013 | 00:31 GMT
The ESRB has added a PlayStation 3 and PSP rating for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, suggesting the long-awaited RPG is headed to the west at last. Persona 2 released as two interrelated titles for PSOne, Eternal Punishment and Innocent Sin; only Eternal Punishment was localised at the time. A PSP port of Innocent Sin finally made it west in 2011 and is available via the PlayStation Network. Eternal Punishment’s PSP port arrived in Japan in May 2012 and looks to be joining its brethren.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 | 21:45 GMT
The Electronic Software ratings Board, the US’s primary games classification service, is concerned it can’t do much more to inform parents and guardians about video game content.
Mon, Feb 04, 2013 | 00:06 GMT
Castlevania has turned up on the ESRB’s catalogue as a 3DS and Wii title, suggesting a Virtual Console release is on the cards. It’s not clear whether the title refers to the 1986 action platformer that started it all, or the 1999 N6$ game, although given the destination platforms the former seems more likely. A new 3DS game, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate, is due in early March.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 | 00:40 GMT
Utah representative Jim Matheson has introduced a bill which would enforce ESRB ratings, making it illegal to sell a game without a classification stamp. If successful, the bill would bring the US in line with Australia and the UK, where classification is required for commercially released games. GamesRadar reports the bill is unclear on how it would apply to small developers and indies selling games online; the ratings requirement doesn’t extend to the App Store in Australia, for example. Happily, ESRB ratings for smaller titles are free and can be obtained quickly.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 | 19:44 GMT
Members of the video game industry met with US VP Joe Biden yesterday at the White House to discuss how or if violent video games contribute to gun violence in the US.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 | 01:27 GMT
The ESRB has re-rated six classic Rockstar titles, with three appearing in this week’s US PS Store update.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 | 15:38 GMT
Electronic Arts head John Riccitiello believes video games need a single rating system that spans across all platforms and countries. He spoke in front of a group of politicians in Washington last night, claiming, “We must adopt a self-regulated, global rating system across every format games are played on.”
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 | 22:52 GMT
The ESRB has rated both Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for release on PlayStation 3. A PS2 Classic release seems quite likely, as Grand Theft Auto III arrived on the PlayStation Network in late July and was well received; additionally, Vice City is headed to mobile platforms to celebrate its anniversary, so Rockstar is clearly keen to continue leveraging its best-selling classics. We’ve asked for details.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 | 23:27 BST
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has brought its Digital Rating Service online. The system allows developers of downloadable games to have their content instantly assessed by means of a questionnaire, at no cost. This is great news for small and indie developers wanting the professionalism of an ESRB rating on their product, but also for consumers and caregivers wanting guidance as to what apps are appropriate for various age groups. The new system has been in the works since early last year.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 | 16:04 BST
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 will release on Wii U, if a listing on the ESRB website is any indication. The CryEngine 3 developed game is set for a January release on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 already, and was originally slated for release in October. We’ll send Namco a mail and ask for more details. Via Polygon.