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The Talos Principle

ESRB lists The Talos Principle for Xbox One


I'm probably not smart enough for this
Aug 17
// Zack Furniss
Though The Talos Principle released late last year, its particular brand of philosophy and puzzle-solving tickled Darren's scientific fancy. He's even said that it might end up on his personal Game of the Year list....
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I'm a big teen now!

Halo 5 first game in series rated T for Teen


Teen friendly, mother approved!
Aug 07
// Jed Whitaker
[Header image from DeviantArt artist Lazeedog.] Great news, teens: you can buy Halo 5: Guardians without an adult as the ESRB has rated it T for Teen, making it the first core game in the series not rated M for Matu...
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Roundabout reclassified

Did you know the ESRB can reclassify games after they're released?


I didn't
Mar 11
// Brett Makedonski
The rating that the ESRB gives a game prior to release isn't the one that it'll necessarily have forever. No Goblin found this out recently when Roundabout was reclassified from Teen to Mature. As No Goblin detailed on t...
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From Software

Dark Souls developer's PS1 classic Shadow Tower rated by ESRB


From Software's first-person roots
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
From Software doesn't just make Demon's/Dark Souls and Bloodborne. The company created Armored Core, too. It also followed its King's Field games with another first-person, skeletal RPG, Shadow Tower. Shadow Tower has be...

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The Evil Within

Setting children on fire will get you an M rating, apparently


The Overly Sensitive Ratings Board is at it again
Aug 11
// Rob Morrow
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the ESRB has given Tango Gameworks' upcoming survival horror title The Evil Within a Mature rating. Content descriptors include Blood, Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Languag...
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Whippersnappers and gaming, or why you should be involved as a parent


Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Aug 03
// Brittany Vincent
[Sometimes great community blogs come from Dtoid staff, and this piece by Brittany Vincent is no exception. Want to see your own words on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] As unfortunate as it was that I di...
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Digital Devil Saga 2 PSN

ESRB rates Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 for PS3


Yay!
Jun 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 might just be the next Atlus classic to manifest on PlayStation 3, an ESRB rating for the RPG suggests. The news shouldn't come as a total surprise. A sizable portion of the Japan...

Atlus' baby-making RPG earns an 'M' rating from ESRB

Jan 18 // Wesley Ruscher
The full ESRB rating summary used to describe Conception II can be found below. This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a young student trying to rid the world of monsters. While exploring dungeons, players engage in turn-based battles with a variety of human and fantastical enemies (e.g., ogres, demons). Human characters occasionally use guns to shoot the player's characters; other fighters use hammers, swords, or blasts of energy to deplete opponents' health meters. A handful of scenes depict a character covered in blood across the chest and upper arm. The game includes some suggestive dialogue (e.g., “You have giant boobs!” “I think your breasts are very lovely . . . Um, well…Their shape is…I think boys would like them.”). During the course of the game, players are able to engage in a Classmating system, in which two characters interact to create a Star Child; these brief sequences do not depict sexual acts, though the female characters shown are often partially nude and placed in suggestive poses (e.g., on their hands and knees). Female characters are also depicted with jiggling breasts, and camera angles often zoom-in on cleavage and buttocks. The words “sh*t” and 'a*shole' appear in the dialogue. Conception II Rated “M” By ESRB [Siliconera]
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"You have giant boobs!"
Atlus' upcoming Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita role-playing rendezvous, Conception II: Children of the Stars has been rated 'Mature" by the ESRB.  The M rating lists “Fantasy Violence, Langua...

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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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The Walking Dead

ESRB rates Walking Dead Game of the Year edition


Presumably, that means there will be one
Oct 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
The ESRB has published a rating for The Walking Dead: Game of the Year Edition, indicating that such a product will be making its way to the marketplace soon. The (unsurprising) "M" rating applies to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, ...
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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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Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions coming to PSOne classics


PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PSP compatible
Aug 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
An ESRB listing has revealed that Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions is heading to the PSOne classics category on PlayStation Network. It will be playable on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and the PlayStation Portable. Sure,...
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Sonic

Sonic Lost World's 'aggressive' language is exactly that


'I'm going to skin you alive' is a thing someone will say
Jul 30
// Jordan Devore
It wasn't terribly long ago that we got regular laughs out of Entertainment Software Board ratings. When reading a summary of a videogame mostly free of context, silliness is bound to crop up. The rating for Sonic Lost World ...
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The new Ace Attorney game has been rated M


Also here's some new videos
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Well this is random. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. Past games have always been rated T for teen, and the reasoning behind this change isn't all that clear. Sure, the g...
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Guardian: Over half of 2012's top 50 games are violent


Apparently Super Mario 3D Land is violent
May 02
// Dale North
The Guardian has put together this very slick interactive infographic using their analysis of the top 50 videogames of 2012. They found that more than half of the top games of last year contain violent labeling as assigned by...
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Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto and GTA 2 rated for PlayStation Network


Thanks for the heads up, ESRB
May 01
// Jordan Devore
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...
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PlayStation Network

'Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1' rating surfaces


Four-game collection outed by ESRB
Apr 01
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Jak and Daxter

Jak and Daxter Collection might come to PS Vita


New ESRB listing suggests a port is in the works
Mar 23
// Tony Ponce
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...
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ESRB

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


I was born on January 1, honest!
Mar 12
// Jordan Devore
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. ...
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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is probably a PSN title


ESRB listing reveals
Feb 18
// Dale North
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...
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Persona

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment surfaces on ESRB


Pricey PlayStation RPG rated for PS3 and PSP
Feb 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
[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...
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The DTOID Show: Adventure Time, Deadpool, & Spider-Boobs


Jul 16
// Max Scoville
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...
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ESRB: Resident Evil 6 features hybridized spider-boobs


Jul 16
// Jim Sterling
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...
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The DTOID Show: Orbis, SimCity 5, and Max Payne 3!


Mar 28
// Tara Long
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 ...
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ESRB censors the red on Risen 2 box art


Mar 28
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Game Gear games finally rated for 3DS


Feb 02
// Jim Sterling
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...
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ESRB lists PSP games for PlayStation certified devices


Jan 23
// Dale North
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...
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ESRB rating hints at Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet PC


Jan 17
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Apple and Google pass on new ESRB mobile game ratings


Dec 01
// Dale North
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...
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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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