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Portal 2 fan backlash on Metacritic

Customers unhappy with day one DLC and complaints of console-related messages in the PC build have driven down the Portal 2′s Metacritic user rating.

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Ratings headlines

  • Xbox Live Indie Games: ratings system overhaul

    Following a spate of suspected malicious and bogus low ratings for games on Xbox’s indie game service, Microsoft has stepped in and changed the way votes are cast.

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  • PEGI explains its reasoning for handing WeDare a 12-rating

    PEGI communications manager Dirk Bosmans has explained the body’s decision to hand Ubisoft’s WeDare title a 12-rating despite the innuendo-filled adverts released for the game.

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  • ESRB: Two Worlds II features bondage and buttocks

    The North American ratings body ESRB has completed their assessment of Two Worlds II, describing the RPG as including NPCs who protest their dismemberment, indirect references to prostitution, and a pair of “seductively” exposed buttocks. The full blurb is below.

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  • Activison to launch ratings awareness program for parents

    Activision plans to launch the ratings awareness program started by Vivendi in 2008, which will provide education and information to parents regarding children and the videogames they play. Called The Ratings Are Not a Game, Dr. Cheryl Olson from the Center for Mental Health and Media at Massachusetts General Hospital will preside over the program, […]

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  • ESRB offers parental guidance widget

    The ESRB has released a new search widget that enables parents to check a game’s rating before they buy. The widget is free and is available in English, French and Spanish. “Our single most important message to consumers, particularly to parents, is that they should always check a game’s ESRB rating when considering a purchase […]

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  • ERSB raters don't play the games, says whistle blower

    According to this, ERSB raters don’t play the games they’re supposed to be rating. The news comes from an article in EGM, where ex-ERSB tester Jerry Bonner made recommendations on the process of rating games after he left the organisation. “The ESRB’s current pool of fulltime raters… does not actually play the games that they […]

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  • M-rated games drop from 8% to 6% of US market

    In this letter from US ratings organisation the ERSB, president Patricia Vance shows that last year 94 percent of all rated games were pitched at the age of 13 or younger, with mature games accounted for only 6 percent of the market, down from 8 percent the previous year. Ratings in general had risen by […]

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