Tag Archives: mature

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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Kinect gets first ‘adult’ title

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect will take a small step in the traditional heartland of gaming later this year when the device receives it’s first adult-rated title. Sega’s Rise of Nightmares has been granted an M (mature) certificate in North America. It has already been granted a BBFC 18 rating in …

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‘Mature’ 3DS games get different packaging

Nintendo has revealed that 3DS games aimed at adult or mature markets will have slightly different packaging to other titles in Japan. The first game to carry the change will be Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell 3D, the spine of which will be black. Most DS games have a white spine on …

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US: Concern builds over new game laws

Major publisher figureheads such as EA’s John Riccitiello, Sony’s Jack Tretton, Take Two’s Strauss Zelnick and Dinsey Interactive’ Graham Hopper have expressed their concern that the potential introduction of new laws controlling the sale of video games could have a major impact on the sector’s viability in North America. In …

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Square Enixs new mature label

As part of Square Enix’s continued focus on titles and content suited to Western markets, the company has announced a brand new publishing label under which it will market such titles in Japan. Called ‘Square Enix Extreme Edges’, the branding will be used on titles such as Kane & Lynch …

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No More Heroes excels on next-gen

Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the once Wii-only No More Heroes have bettered the week one performance of the original Wii release on their first week of release in Japan. The numbers back up the notion that mature, violent titles do not sit well with the target …

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Switzerland pursues violent games ban

With violent games currently causing a stir in Australia, closer to home it has emerged that Switzerland is now considering banning violent video games outright in the territory. A resolution restricting the sale of mature games to minors has already been passed unopposed, according to Gamesmarkt, and will be now …

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AUS: More death threats for Atkinson

Outspoken anti-games critic Michael Atkinson has said that he fears for the safety of his family thanks to ongoing threats from gamers due to his strict opposition of legislation that could legalise violent video games in Australia. The South Australian Attorney-General claimed last month that: I’m unlikely I’ll change my …

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Ubisoft halves Red Steel 2 forecast

The faith publishers put in core games on Wii is once again under strain with news that Ubisoft has drastically downsized its sales expectations for the upcoming Red Steel 2 on Wii. The move comes in the wake of a lowering of Ubisoft’s overall financial forecasts last week. On Red …

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Capcom reaffirms Wii commitment

Following comments made to a French website earlier this week questioning future development of software on the Wii, Capcom has released a statement assuring the industry that it remains a multi-platform developer. The Wii is very difficult, with an oversupply of games and a gamer market that has radically changed,” …

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