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9:00 PM on 05.01.2013

Grand Theft Auto and GTA 2 rated for PlayStation Network

Listings for both Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto 2 have surfaced on the Entertainment Software Rating Board's website which point to release on PSN for PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP. How does that sound? Funny h...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 04.01.2013

'Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1' rating surfaces

An Entertainment Software Rating Board listing for Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 has been discovered. What cuts it for "best of" these days? According to the rating, this first bundle contains Tokyo Jungle, Fat...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 03.23.2013

Jak and Daxter Collection might come to PS Vita

The original Jak and Daxter was a charming little platformer if not a bit derivative. The two sequels were... err... something else, for lack of a better phrase. I enjoyed them nonetheless, and I'm disappointed that Naughty D...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 03.12.2013

New ESRB rule means we could see less age-gated trailers

With recent changes at the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, the amount of time we spend entering in our date of birth for Mature-rated game trailers (and then reentering it, because it never seems to keep) may diminish. ...

Jordan Devore

12:30 AM on 02.18.2013

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is probably a PSN title

Holy heartboobs! Platform details from the ESRB listing for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment solves the mystery from yesterday. With both PS3 and PSP listed as platforms, it looks like this other Persona 2 release will be a Play...

Dale North

11:45 PM on 02.16.2013

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment surfaces on ESRB

[Update: The commenters have brought up a good point, that this could also be a PSOne Classics release and not a localization of the Japanese PSP version. Of course, we'll let you know as soon as we do.] Another of those atte...

Conrad Zimmerman

7:30 PM on 07.16.2012

The DTOID Show: Adventure Time, Deadpool, & Spider-Boobs

Holy crap guys, I think this might be my favorite episode of the show we've done in ages. Like, just in terms of the pure awesomeness/absurdity of today's news. For starters, the ESRB has described all the awful things that a...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 07.16.2012

ESRB: Resident Evil 6 features hybridized spider-boobs

It's been ages since we had a good ESRB rating story, but America's guardians have delivered the goods once more. As usual, we've got a rating for an M-rated game and, as usual, it makes said game sound delightful ... in a ki...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 03.28.2012

The DTOID Show: Orbis, SimCity 5, and Max Payne 3!

Evening, my lovelies. We've got a great show for you today - one full of flowers, pony rides, butterscotch candies, and all the video game news you could ever want!* On today's show, Max dove into some rumors about the next ...

Tara Long

9:00 AM on 03.28.2012

ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art

The ESRB has made Deep Silver remove a red stain from Risen 2: Dark Waters' box art. This stain will go from red to turquoise, owing to the North American rating board's stance on cover imagery that could represent blood.&nbs...

Jim Sterling

8:40 AM on 02.02.2012

Game Gear games finally rated for 3DS

When the 3DS eShop was first announced, we were promised more than just Nintendo systems. Naturally, nothing came of that pledge in North America for months and months, until now. According to the ESRB, Game Gear games are fi...

Jim Sterling





2:15 PM on 01.23.2012

ESRB lists PSP games for PlayStation certified devices

The Electronics Software Ratings Board has listed a bunch of PSP games for PlayStation Certified Devices, which would include Sony tablets and the Xperia line of phones. PlayStation LifeStyle says that Syphon Filter: Dark Mir...

Dale North

6:30 PM on 01.17.2012

ESRB rating hints at Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet PC

A game like Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet would really pop on a sleek computer monitor, wouldn't you agree? According to an ESRB rating, the game will be bringing its mild fantasy violence over to Windows-based PCs at some p...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 12.01.2011

Apple and Google pass on new ESRB mobile game ratings

The ESRB and CTIA got together to create a ratings system for mobile games, but the two biggest in the business do not plan to participate.  We told you earlier this week that providers like AT&T, Microsoft, Spr...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 11.29.2011

ESRB and CTIA introduce new mobile game rating system

The details are still in the works, but a press release today lets us know that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and wireless association CTIA have come together to create a mobile videogame rating system. ...

Dale North



Talking to Women about Videogames: The ESRB has failed photo
Talking to Women about Videogames: The ESRB has failed
by Jonathan Holmes

[Talking to Women about Videogames is a series where Jonathan Holmes talks to different people who are women about the biggest videogame news of the week for some reason.]

Grand Theft Auto III was originally released in 2001, starting the reign as one of the most popular videogame series today. Fast forward to today, and we have millions of 20-25 year olds who have grown up playing the games, yet we are not in the midst of a social apocalypse. We have a generation of children brought up on a game where the name itself is a crime, a game where hiring then murdering prostitutes is made to be "fun," yet the world is still standing. Actually, these GTA fans seem like pretty well-adjusted people overall, as evidenced by the steady drop in the crime rate throughout the country since 1995.

There are also millions of "underage" kids today that absolutely love the Call of Duty series, despite its M rating. In fact, going by the reaction to the last TtWaV teaser, there are quite a few people out there under the age of 18 who would be more interested in playing the next Zelda game if it was rated M.

These are just a few of the reasons why I think it's clear that the ESRB has failed.

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