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Tron

If nothing else, I want to hear Tron: Escape's soundtrack


Ratings board listing found
Jul 16
// Jordan Devore
A listing for a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game called Tron: Escape has surfaced on Brazil's rating system website. Could this be the project Giorgio Moroder referenced back in February? "We have about five themes, elect...
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Brothers

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons looks set to wander to current consoles


Ratings boards strike again
Jun 01
// Brett Makedonski
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons was an emotional, memorable journey when it released two years ago. In fact, the twin-stick puzzler took a lot of people by surprise. As it turns out, it looks as if players will get to relive th...
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Hotline Miami 2

Hotline Miami dev suggests piracy as an alternative to Australia 'ban'


While not encouraging the practice, S÷derstr÷m makes an exception
Jan 16
// Rob Morrow
Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games' forthcoming title Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number made headlines yesterday after the Australian Classification Board made the decision to refuse the game classification, effectivel...
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Resogun

Looks like Resogun is also coming to PS3


It's like Defender except I don't hate myself afterwards
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
Housemarque's arcade shooter Resogun was the first PlayStation 4 game I played and, a year later, I still think that was the right choice; someone had to save those humans and it might as well have been me. Did they all survi...

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Facebook games

Facebook games shut down in South Korea


Throwing the baby out with the bath water
Sep 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week, South Korea's ratings authority pulled the plug on Facebook games in the country, effectively disabling everything from Candy Crush Saga to FarmVille until they receive an official GRAC rating. The move reportedly ...
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Watch_Dogs

ERSB says Watch Dogs has nudity and drunkenness


It took me six attempts to spell drunkenness correctly
Mar 03
// Alasdair Duncan
Reading ERSB rating information summaries is always a dryly humorous experience; the folks over at the Examiner have dug up the rating information on Ubisoft's much-delayed Watch Dogs and it makes for some interesting reading...
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Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes rated Mature


Despite including 'Sexual Violence'
Jan 06
// Jordan Devore
Back in the day, we used to regularly post ESRB rating summaries that were humorous in their dry delivery or were otherwise notable. The listing for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has sparked discussion for its "Sexual Vio...
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Stick of Truth

Anal probes and abortion kept South Park from AU rating


Censored version eventually rated R18+
Dec 22
// Wesley Ruscher
Over at IGN, three reports have been obtained detailing the difficulties Ubisoft had with securing a ratings classification for South Park: The Stick of Truth by the Australian Classifications Board, before finally ...
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ESRB

ESRB ratings receive a slight design change


Mostly for mobile devices
Aug 02
// Jordan Devore
The Entertainment Software Rating Board's iconic black-and-white ratings are getting a new design this year, Polygon reports. They're actually effective as of now, but these things can take time to roll out properly. Why the ...
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Ratings board

State of Decay refused classification in Australia


Drugs are bad
Jun 26
// Jordan Devore
The Australian Classification Board has refused to classify open-world zombie survival title State of Decay which means, regrettably, the Xbox Live Arcade game cannot be sold in the region in its current form. "We'v...
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Saints Row

Saints Row IV refused classification in Australia


Volition reworking the game for the territory
Jun 25
// Jordan Devore
[Update: Kotaku has obtained a report from the Classification Board which spells out the specifics of the decision -- an Alien Anal Probe weapon and "alien narcotics" -- and led to this fine sentence: "In the Board’s op...
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Deus Ex

Listing for 'modified' Deus Ex: Human Revolution spotted


Did anyone ask for this?
Mar 04
// Jordan Devore
An Australian Classification Board listing for a "modified" version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution was spotted recently, possibly pointing to either a new edition with downloadable content packed in or, as suggested by CVG, a W...
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R18+

Atelier Totori Plus gets R18+ rating in Australia


Aussies think magical girls are more dangerous than Grand Theft Auto
Feb 28
// Vito Gesualdi
Obviously the Atelier series of RPGs isn't for everyone, these adorable tales of magical anime heroines a few steps removed from the "burly men with assault rifles" narrative most gamers are familiar with. That being said, th...
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Razor's Edge

Ninja Gaiden 3: RE is Australia's first game rated R18+


You finally did it, Australia
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
It was a good day when Australia's R18+ rating was passed for videogames, paving the way for adults to purchase games that might have previously either been edited for content or refused classification. Of all the games that ...
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Rayman rated for the 3DS Virtual Console


Apr 30
// Chris Carter
Nintendo Life is reporting that Rayman has just been rated by PEGI for the 3DS Virtual Console. But this isn't your regular ol' Rayman; this is the Game Boy Color version of the game, which oddly mixes both Rayman 1 and 2 int...
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Rep. William Fourkiller: The dumbest man in Oklahoma?


Feb 04
// Fraser Brown
I know three things about Oklahoma. It's the name of a musical, it's a state in a country across the pond and now it's somewhere that needs to be protected from the evils of videogame violence! Oklahoma shit eater lawmaker, S...
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ESRB and CTIA introduce new mobile game rating system


Nov 29
// Dale North
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. ...
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Australian ratings for mobile, online games put on hold


Oct 12
// David Rayfield
Way back in the heady days of 2009, the idea of mobile games' being classified in Australia reared its head. In 2011, the possibility of ratings for mobile and online games is becoming very real. But today, the Federal Minist...
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Bionic Commando rated by Australian Classification Board


Oct 03
// David Rayfield
It must be hard for publishers trying to keep a lid on certain upcoming releases when, a lot of the time, the game is simply dropped into the public consciousness via classification rating. Or perhaps these regular leaks are ...
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PEGI ratings portrayed by silly fake videogame


Aug 14
// Jordan Devore
This one almost slipped by us, but if you ask me, shirtless mustachioed not-Marios are a timeless commodity. To help parents make appropriate, informed buying decisions when it comes to games, a few short videos about the su...
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Australia's R18+ rating comes ever closer


Jul 25
// Alasdair Duncan
I know, I know; the long-running saga of the R18+ rating in Australia has had more false dawns than I care to remember -- but it looks like there has finally been an agreement reached to bring Australian's classification syst...
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I Am Alive rating reminds us that the game is coming


Jun 28
// Jordan Devore
Surely I'm not the only one who forgot I Am Alive was still in existence? We've heard nothing about it from Ubisoft in recent months, which wouldn't be such a big deal had E3 not just taken place. A listing on the Australian ...
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Very few games are M-rated, but they take all the glory


Mar 15
// Tony Ponce
The Entertainment Software Rating Board has just posted the ratings breakdown of games published in 2010. As you can see in the chart above, a little more than half of all games received the all-ages rating, while games rated...
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Australia to finally get an R18+ rating


Dec 05
// Matthew Razak
Time to bust into a celebratory performance of Waltzing Matilda, Australia. It appears that you will finally, finally be getting an adults-only rating for your videogames. This will end years of children being able to get th...
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GTA: Vice City to get a re-release?


Jul 08
// Dale North
This one isn't super solid, but a rating from a classification board is a bit better than a rumor. Kind of. The Australian Classification Board had a listing for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City pop up yesterday. In the listing it...
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OFLC lists Castlevania: Harmony of Despair


May 27
// Jordan Devore
The concept of a multiplayer-focused Castlevania game proved to be difficult for a lot of you to accept when rumors of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair started circulating. But, if the OFLC's recent listing for the game is any...
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Most Australians want a R18+ rating


May 09
// Matthew Razak
Crikey and other stereotypical Australian things to say! It looks like most Australians actually want to play mature games. Who knew!? After a recent poll of public opinion conducted by the Australian government 98 percent of...
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OFLC gets sneaky, rates EA title 'Project Red'


May 03
// Nick Chester
The OFLC and Electronic Arts sure are getting sneaky, listing unannounced titles using codenames, leaving us grasping at speculative straws.Australia's ratings board recently filed a rating for the mega-publisher's "Project R...
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PEGI, now the only ratings game in town


Apr 09
// Dale North
In the United Kingdom, the Pan-European Game Information, or PEGI, is going to be the only game in town. A bill passed Parliament yesterday that would make PEGI the one and only games classification system for games in the UK...
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EB Games in Australia pushing for R18+ classification


Feb 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
EB Games of Australia wants to fight the good fight! The company is supporting the campaign for introducing an R18+ classification for videogames in Australia. All 364 EB Games stores in the country are throwing up signs like...

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