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94% of parents take responsibility for their kids gaming

A new study entitled Play Safe, Play Smart from Microsoft has claimed that 94 per cent of UK parents feel personally responsible” for checking the age ratings on the games played by their kids. In addition, the report says that 73 per cent of UK parents are aware of parental …

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DSi region locking a response to age ratings

DSi software will be region locked because of the growing number of different age ratings and restrictions seen in the world’s varying games markets, Nintendo has stated. Speaking to The Times, UK boss David Yarnton explained: There are many different age requirements with games around the world. I’ve been involved …

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AUSTRALIA: Attorney General defends lack of R18+ certificate

South Australian attorney general Michael Atkinson has defended the Classification Board’s refusal to introduce an 18 age rating for video games released in the territory, claiming that games are potentially more harmful than movies. I don’t support the introduction of an R18+ rating for electronic games, chiefly because it will …

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AUSTRALIA: Silent Hill succumbs to censors

The strict Australian classification system has struck again, and this time it’s Atari that has been forced to make changes to a title to get its game onto the nation’s retail shelves. Edge reports that the publisher had to make some last minute cuts to its upcoming Silent Hill: Homecoming …

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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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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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