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PEGI can't determine if loot boxes are gambling

Loot boxes are...a thing. A thing that has become a big problem in recent years due to their gradual advance into AAA titles that gamers have already paid a hefty chunk of change for. It started out okay enough; loot boxes were confined to ...

 
 
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Loot boxes aren't considered gambling, claims ESRB

The first major appearance of loot boxes in the western marketplace was in September 2010, when Valve transitioned Team Fortress 2 from a pay-once model to a free-to-play model. Players could earn "crates" that could be opened with purchasa...

 
 
 
 
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The formation of the ESRB makes for a cool story

Gaming, as it is today, is fairly open to creative ideas. There are no real limits on the stuff people can make and that is good. No one benefits from media that censors important subjects, even if gaming tends to muck up the subject materi...

 
 
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Gal Gun: Double Peace rated 'E' for 'Sexual Content'

Gal Gun: Double Peace is a new PS4 and Vita title the ESRB describes as an adventure game where, after the protagonist is struck by cupid's arrow, players must "fend off female characters," who are often depicted "wearing revealing outfits"...

 
 
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The US box art for Persona 5 has less cleavage than Japan's

[Update: Atlus has addressed the box art situation here and here.] Today the North American release date of Persona 5 was announced with images of the localized box art in tow, to which there were some minor changes. The cat-like creat...

 
 
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BioShock Collection has now turned up on ESRB website

The ESRB is the latest ratings body to provide details on the as-yet unannounced BioShock Collection compilation.  The American ratings board describes the release as a “collection of three first-person shooters in which players ...

 
 
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The ESRB has rated Super Mario Galaxy for Wii U

If an ESRB rating found by Nintendo Life is to be believed, it looks like Super Mario Galaxy is coming to the Wii U. Don't get too excited, because it's more than likely that this won’t be a remake or an HD remastering. If it was, it ...

 
 
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ESRB lists The Talos Principle for Xbox One

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. If you haven't...

 
 
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Halo 5 first game in series rated T for Teen

[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 Mature. The ESRB's ...

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

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 Japanese studio's PS...

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

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, Language, Mild Blood,...

 
 
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes rated Mature

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 Violence" content ...

 
 
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ESRB rates Walking Dead Game of the Year edition

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, Windows PC and ...

 
 
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ESRB ratings receive a slight design change

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 ever-so-slight ...

 
 
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Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions coming to PSOne classics

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, this already w...

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

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 has gotten some...

 
 
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The new Ace Attorney game has been rated M

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 games have alway...

 
 
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Guardian: Over half of 2012's top 50 games are violent

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 the ESRB. As c...

 
 




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South Park: Phone Destroyer"My phone is still well intact"

 

Battle Chef Brigade"Slice and dice"

 

Coco"I'm (nearly) in love with the Coco"

 

Batman - The Enemy Within: Fractured Mask"Episode 3 wildly tangled in its own cat's cradle"

 

School Girl/Zombie Hunter"A real class act"

 

Star Wars Battlefront II"You must learn control"

 

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV"Dad, dad, do the perfect cast!"

 

Destiny 2 (PC)"Identity Crisis"

 

Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy"A dated but fun PS2 classic"

 
 
 

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Oridan

I took some Harry Potter-based personality test Im OK with my house being Hufflepuff, but it turns out my patronus is not an owl at all??? I call

 
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Hell Yeah! Minimum day at work xD member those? Half-day, payday, and 4 days Time to work on

 
Yrahcaz

I like how even all the way back in Wolfenstein 3D, you can just walk up behind enemies and shoot them in the Like a Nazi-hunting Son of

 
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JuIc3

I purchased Nioh, Final Fantasy XV and Resident Evil 7 all on the PS4 for Not bad, eh?

 
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Kiwami 2 demo is out today, for those with a Japanese PSN account you can download it and try the game Will give my own thoughts as well for those interested!

 
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Current status #ExistentialismToid

 
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After Sagat as Sakura I present to you Sakura as

 
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Why did nowhere report on the ARMS event going on today? I had no clue!

 
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