• 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

  • Left 4 Dead 2 may be sold in Australia after all

    Good news everyone! Turns out that Left 4 Dead 2 will most likely be sold in Australia after all. If you remember, we told you a few weeks ago that the governing body in Australia that rates game had in fact banned the new L4D game on the grounds that it was just too violent for people between the ages of 15 to 18. Well, Valve decided to work with the ratings board to try and resolve the issue. Read More

  • Media companies freaking out because they don't know how measure TV ratings anymore

    So I read late last night that pretty much every TV show this summer has crashed and burned. You can attribute that any number of things. One, it’s summer and no one watches TV then. Two, the shows were absolutely terrible. Three, maybe people were watching, but the proliferation of the likes of Hulu have totally messed with Hollywood’s ability to actually count how many people… Read More

  • I did my part to help out radio today

    It’s no secret that I think the radio business is doomed, and that “kids today” are more likely to listen to music via any number of online services—I’m part of Spotify’s U.S. beta, and aside from an unacceptable lack of Sleater-Kinney, it’s pretty great—than they are by tuning into some “local” radio station, where the program manager… Read More

  • New device should provide far more accurate radio ratings

    Old habits die not very easily, which is what makes the introduction of Arbitron’s new Portable People Meter so fascinating. The device is what Arbitron will use to measure radio ratings in the future, being used in the top 50 markets by 2010. The PPMs, which people keep on their person throughout the day, can actually identify what radio station you’re listening to by recognizing… Read More

  • UK to apply ratings to downloadable videos, games

    Don’t be alarmed, but video game and movie downloads will soon carry age ratings in the UK. The Cousins, worried that such downloads are completely unregulated and unlabeled, will apply the new ratings to video-on-demand and other network services. The ratings will be handled by the British Board of Film Classification, the same organization that banned Manhunt 2 last year. The scheme… Read More

  • J.D. Power rates this years flat panel TVs

    Click And the winner is…Sony! I’m going to get myself a Vizio. JD Power 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

  • Your Mom, ESA Is Very Upset

    <img src="https://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2007/01/kill for the world's children. Kotaku's response, to their credit, was go to hell. The letter is reproduced below, just to get in a little extra blog juice Read More