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The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) is the agency that rates video games so parents and other shoppers know what sort of content a video game will offer and if its appropriate for the gamer. Today the ESRB announced that it will begin assigning a new Interactive Element to video games where the label will include "In-Game Purchases" and "Users Interact" notices. The "In-Game Purchases" interactive element is meant to inform parents and other consumers that the game offers the ability to purchase additional items without leaving the game. The ESRB says that to provide even greater transparency about the nature of in-game items available to purchase, the organization will also begin... Read more...
Ah, Christmas. The word itself conjures images of hearth and home, inspires (occasionally debaucherous) celebration, and is a time of spiritual contemplation for millions. In this crazy modern age, it's also a time when the bewildered parents of tech-savvy children all over the civilized world, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious background, or nationality are united through the magic of a single shared emotion—panic. From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring... Read more...
Apparently the Manhunt 2 controversy isn't over quite yet, and with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton throwing herself into the fray, it isn't likely to end anytime soon.  What is Hillary planning on this time?  A review of the ESRB.For those who haven't been following the situation, here's a recap:“Last June, three European countries banned the vidgame, and the board (ESRB) slapped it with the AO rating for the same reason: a high level of violence. Blighty officials said "Manhunt 2" was unacceptable because of an "unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone" that constantly "encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing."Publisher Rockstar Games... Read more...
Currently, games are rated by the ESRB after they're sent a video showing the most graphic parts of a game. However, Republican Senator Sam Brownback is proposing that the ESRB play each and every game before slapping a rating on it. While it may seem like a good idea, to fully examine a game's content before making a decision on it, many of todays games contain hours upon hours of gameplay, which could dramatically increase the time it takes for a game to be released. Is it really necessary, or just overkill? "The thing that bothers me about all this noise (and it is noise) is that the ESRB is already doing a good job. There has been... Read more...