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  • After Nearly 9 Months, Verizon Wireless Now Shows ESRB Ratings In Its App Store

    After Nearly 9 Months, Verizon Wireless Now Shows ESRB Ratings In Its App Store

    You would think that implementing a parent-friendly app rating system that was blessed by both a video game watchdog group and a major wireless trade association would be the kind of thing that deserves a bit of fast-tracking, but there haven’t been many signs of progress in the nine months since the system was announced. Well, that’s no longer the case — Verizon Wireless… Read More

  • CTIA And ESRB Debut App Rating System, No Buy-In From Google Or Apple

    CTIA And ESRB Debut App Rating System, No Buy-In From Google Or Apple

    The CTIA and ESRB pulled back the curtains on their new mobile app rating system today, and it looks like with the help of their six founding partners, app ratings could soon grace a smartphone near you. The new app rating system will be implemented first by AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless, and other storefronts are said to have expressed interest. Read More

  • CTIA And ESRB To Unveil New Mobile App Rating System

    CTIA And ESRB To Unveil New Mobile App Rating System

    Here’s something I’m sure no one expected to see today: the CTIA Wireless Trade Association has just issued a release stating that they have struck a partnership with the Entertainment Software Rating Board in order to start rating mobile applications. Yes, really. The ESRB, if you’ve managed to avoid picking up a video game in the last decade or so, are the folks that decide… Read More

  • ESRB Game Ratings App Enters The Windows Marketplace

    ESRB Game Ratings App Enters The Windows Marketplace

    One look at Grand Theft Auto 4 and you’re probably not thinking, “Little Timmy or Susie would just love that game.” No one wants their kids desensitized to reasonless mass murder or the dreaded F-bomb, and understandably so. Let the kids be kids. Well it turns out if you own a Windows-powered phone, you now have access to the Entertainment Software Rating Board app, where… Read More

  • Parents Television Council: 16 Percent Of Kids Are Able To Buy M-Rated Games

    The Parents Television Council, parodied by WWE with its Right to Censor stable back in the day, says that 19 percent of kids between the ages of 12 and 16 are able to buy M-rated video games at stores. Shock! Read More

  • Do video game publishers misrepresent their games in order to get lower ratings?

    There’s some sort of video game developer conference going on in Motreal this week (titled, to use its full name, the Montreal International Game Summit), and an interesting charge was just levied there. The CEO of A2M (the company that developed Wet), Rémi Racine, said that some game publishers will go out of their way to deceive the ESRB in order to get a lower rating for their games. Read More

  • Manhunt 2 Gets Mature ESRB Rating, Approved For Sale

    Take Two Interactive is probably throwing an office party this week with the recent success of BioShock, but now the company has another reason to celebrate. Manhunt 2 has lost its “Adults Only” rating and has since garnered a “Mature” rating after some of the game’s contest was trimmed down to become less-violent. The hack-n-slash game is due out on Halloween… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: What Do You Think?


    We’ll be keeping this story high on the front page for a bit simply because it contains such an excellent set of thought-provoking questions. – JB Today concludes our week-long look at video game violence and content. Originally we hoped to include comments from other voices, and efforts were made to hear from Florida Attorney Jack Thompson and Senator Joseph Lieberman. But… Read More

  • Game Content Under the Microscope: ESRB Ratings

    This week we’re examining the issues of video game violence and content in a multi-part series of interviews with industry insiders. And this is a tricky subject, because what might offend one individual won’t cause another to even blink. Content that might be fine for one gamer may truly disturb another. This is where the ratings were suppose to clear things up. Today, all major… Read More

  • Sell An M-Rated Game To A Minor, Get Fired

    Back in the day when I was but a wee teenager, I was always the 15-year old with the beard who bought everyone tickets to R-rated movies. I never really had much of a problem buying M-rated video games. Looks like the times have changed though, as retailers are starting to take ratings seriously and are cracking down on those under 17. Read More