Superman Is One Of The Reasons We Have a Video Game Ratings System

Remember the Superman game on the Atari 2600? That slightly obtuse piece of superhero wish fulfillment is part of a chain of careers and events that resulted in the formation of the ESRB. What does the big, red S have to do with the folks who put the letters E, T and M on video game boxes? Watch and see. » 3/04/14 6:00pm 3/04/14 6:00pm

Metal Gear Solid V Gets Rare 'Sexual Violence' Ratings Description

Phrases you see all the time on the back of video game boxes: "Blood and Gore," "Intense Violence," "Strong Language." The "Sexual Violence" content descriptor has only been used once before, back in 2006. This year, that infrequently used tag will be used to tell consumers some of what happens in Metal Gear Solid V. Warning:… » 1/06/14 5:00pm 1/06/14 5:00pm

The ESRB Brings You This Unbearably Cute Reminder About Game Ratings

Man, I don't have kids (that I know of) and I'm dawwwwwing all over this PSA that the ESRB just put out. It's a reminder that it can be hard to say no when your kid's so excited for Ninja Attack!, or whatever they're clutching, and you want him or her to be happy. But it's important to read the ratings and use parental … » 10/29/13 11:30am 10/29/13 11:30am

Comic Books' Disastrous Self-Censorship Offers a Lesson for Games…

"Censoring violent comic books did not reduce juvenile delinquency or increase literacy," reasons the International Game Developers Association. "It decimated the production of one of the few kinds of literature that at-risk youths read for pleasure." » 1/11/13 10:00am 1/11/13 10:00am

ESRB Opens No-Cost Ratings Service for Digitally Distributed Games

Downloadable games sold through the three console makers' online services will be rated by what the Entertainment Software Ratings Board is calling a "streamlined, no-cost service," in a statement released today by the ESRB. The new "Digital Rating Service" gives developers and publishers access to a "brief but detailed… » 10/24/12 10:00pm 10/24/12 10:00pm

You Can't Say That in a Video Game—Why, Someone Might Think You've Been…

Even for an NBA 2K13 » 10/07/12 5:30pm 10/07/12 5:30pm soundtrack curated by Jay-Z himself, the butchery of Puff Daddy's "Victory," was to be expected. That track contains four N-words, eight F-words and nine S-words, and this is a game played by 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds.

Penny Arcade’s Game Ratings PSAs Make Learning Fun

You come to Kotaku every day, right? So it stands to reason that you know all about the E through M ratings that grace the boxes of video games in America. But if you're not a regular reader of this fine site—say, one who buys video games for a younger lifeform—you may not even know that the content ratings exist. » 2/16/12 4:45pm 2/16/12 4:45pm