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2012-10-24 07:29:31

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the non-profit self-regulatory body for the video game industry, today announced a streamlined, no-cost service for assigning ratings to all digitally delivered games. ESRB's new "Digital Rating Service" utilizes a brief but detailed online questionnaire to assess not only a product's content and age-appropriateness, but also interactive elements, including the sharing of personal information or physical...

2012-05-16 10:24:14

New Campaign Featuring Buster Posey and Ryan Vogelsong Encourages Parents to Use ESRB Ratings When Buying Video Games SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At an event at AT&T Park today the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which assigns the official age and content ratings for computer and video games, announced a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign starring San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. The PSAs, which...

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. The app ratings will include symbols like "E" for "Everyone" and "T" for "Teen" or suitable for ages 13 and up. ESRB President Patricia Vance said that the ratings also include descriptors detailing whether an app shares personal information or user-generated content. “Our rating system for computer and video...

2011-11-29 09:30:00

Provides Parents and Consumers Reliable Information about Age-Appropriateness of Applications Based on Content and Context WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) today announced a newly-developed rating system that six mobile application storefronts will voluntarily support as part of their application submission (or onboarding) process. The CTIA Mobile Application Rating...

2011-11-21 11:15:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What: CTIA-The Wireless Association® will announce a mobile application rating system with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Applications will be rated based on age-appropriateness of their content and context. The details of the mobile application rating system will be released at the press announcement. (Logo: <font size="2"...

2011-11-14 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Type it. Photograph it. And now, just say it. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) - which assigns the age and content ratings for video games - today released a new version of its award-wining, free mobile app, now with voice recognition. Parents can now access a game's in-depth "rating summary" by simply saying the name of the game into their iPhone®, Android(TM) or Windows® Phone - just in time for...

2005-07-22 10:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- 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. But the young industry, already rivaling Hollywood box office in sales, is certain it can and should police itself. The industry's ratings group slapped an "Adult Only" rating on the game on Wednesday,...

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. Shares of Take-Two dropped about 11 percent in after-hours trade to $24 from a Nasdaq close of $27.07. The company's blockbuster game, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" has been at...

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. The series of criminal adventure games from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. subsidiary Rockstar Games has been among the best selling in history, while drawing sharp criticism for encouraging gratuitous violence. If...

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. The series of criminal adventure games from Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. subsidiary Rockstar Games has been among the best selling in history, while drawing...