Is Donald Trump going to take away our video games? Are loot boxes going to go away? Today on Kotaku Splitscreen, let’s discuss.
As pressure from pundits and politicians mounts, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) said today that it will start adding the “In-Game Purchases” label to any game that lets you pay real money for digital goods.
Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, sent an open letter to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) urging it “to review the completeness of the board’s ratings process and policies as they relate to loot boxes, and to take into account the potential harm these types of micro-transactions…
Over the past few weeks, as randomized loot boxes have dominated the conversation surrounding this fall’s video games, there have been calls for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to classify them as gambling in its back-of-the-box ratings. But the ESRB says that’s not going to happen—because according to…
In early August, Zen Studios’ latest game, Infinite Minigolf, was removed from the Nintendo Switch eShop following a sudden shift in the game’s rating from E for Everyone to T for Teen. The racy artwork responsible for the shift is now gone, and the game is finally back up for sale.
Released on Nintendo Switch on July 28, the mostly harmless Infinite Minigolf was pulled from the console’s online shop on August 10 due to an unexpected change to its ESRB rating. Zen Studios says the change was due to a poster on the wall in the game’s “Giant House” level. I’m pretty sure we’ve figured out which…
Gal*Gun: Double Peace is a game about shooting schoolgirls with your love. It is not for everyone, and especially not for Everyone with a capital E, as shown on the back of the physical Vita release of the game.
Just in time for Hatred, an upcoming video game about a dude who goes around and mindlessly slaughters everyone, the video website Twitch announced last night that users will no longer be able to stream games rated Adults-Only by the ESRB.
We normally think of game ratings as little more than a useful marker of where we'll be able to buy a game, or whether or not it's suitable for children. But oh, let me tell you: ESRB literature can be so, so much more than that.
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.
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. …
It should be no surprise that South Park: The Stick of Truth is chock full o' filth-flarn-flarn-filth-flarn and hellbent for an M-for-Mature rating. It's still fun to hear the ESRB reading the dialogue aloud from its fainting couch.
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…
The ESRB's ever familiar ratings badges will get a slight graphical tweak for the first time since 1999, but the wording is the biggest change. No longer will the label say "content rated by" over "ESRB." Why the text change? ESRB president Patricia Vance said it "provides for a cleaner look." [Polygon]
The ESRB has asked the Chinese maker of a browser-based game to quit advertising it as rated Adults Only, reports GamesIndustry.biz, largely because the game has never been rated by the ESRB.
The ESA announced a new game-ratings awareness campaign in a statement endorsed by Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Democratic congressman Jim Matheson has introduced a bill known as "H.R. 287", which is the latest attempt to introduce tighter controls on the way video games are sold in the United States.
"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."