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ESRB automates ratings process

As of today US ratings body the ESRB will begin using a computer program to assign ratings to digital video games. The New York Times says that E (Everyone), T (Teen) and M (Mature) ratings will be automatically assigned according to a number of parameters "designed to replicate the ingrained …

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ESRB retracts Dead Or Alive comments

Ratings body ESRB has apologised for certain comments made about Tecmo Koei’s upcoming PSP title, Dead Or Alive paradise. Yesterday, a variety of outlets reported on the board’s description of the controversial title. The official ESRB website said: Parents and consumers should know that the game contains a fair amount …

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ESRB introduces age rating summaries

US regulator The Entertainment Software Rating Board has introduced online summaries of each video game it rates in an effort to grant parents more opportunities to research the potentially harmful content in games. The move follows similar measures already in place at UK body the BBFC. And in a boost …

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JAPAN: Fallout 3 censored in Far East

Bethesda’s ongoing tussle with global censors has continued with news that the publisher’s upcoming Japanese release of Fallout 3 will see further edits made to the game. Kotaku reports that there have been cuts to the side quest entitled The Power of the Atom, which in its uncut iteration sees …

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Gears 2 given violence filter

Microsoft shoot ’em up Gears of War 2 will come with a parental control facility when it’s released for Xbox 360 on November 7th. The game, which was earlier given an ‘M’ rating by the ESRB, will attempt to placate concerned parents by giving them an option to substitute blood …

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Ex-ESRB rater claims games are not played

An ex-employee of North American games rating body the ESRB has stated that the firm doesn’t actually play the games it rates, Gamepolitics.com reports. Jerry Bonner, who claims to have rated over 700 games in his six months at the company, stated: The ESRB’s current pool of fulltime raters does …

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US: Mature-rated games on the fall

Whilst the tabloid press may like us to believe that the games industry is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, ESRB stats have shown that Mature rated titles are now accounting for 50 per cent less of the market than they were in 2005. Next-gen quotes ESRB president Patricia …

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Poll claims US parents want government games regulation

A study released by US PR firm Hill & Knowlton has claimed that 60 per cent of consumers think that the US government should have direct control of the regulations concerning the sale of mature or violent games, Next-Gen reports. The report also claims that 51 per cent of those …

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