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Smartphone Apps Getting Age-Based Rating System
2011-11-30 12:34:50

Mobile applications and games for smartphones and tablets will soon carry the same age-based ratings used by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) since 1994.

2005-07-22 10:30:00

An unprecedented move by major stores to stop selling the blockbuster video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" over a hidden sex scene will cost its maker millions of dollars in lost sales and ignited a political firestorm by U.S. critics who want a government crackdown.

2005-07-20 21:27:22

By Gina Keating and Kevin Krolicki LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A video game ratings board on Wednesday slapped a restrictive "adult" rating on "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" because of sex scenes hidden in the blockbuster game, prompting publisher Take-Two Interactive Software Inc to warn of a deeper quarterly loss.

2005-07-09 06:40:34

By Lisa Baertlein SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The industry group that sets ratings for video games is probing whether hidden features within the blockbuster title "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" allows players to make their characters engage in simulated explicit sex acts.

2005-07-09 06:35:35

(Corrects headline to say Grand instead of Grant) By Lisa Baertlein SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The industry group that sets ratings for video games is probing whether hidden features within the blockbuster title "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" allows players to make their characters engage in simulated explicit sex acts.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.