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Microsoft Europe Reverses Adult Game Restrictions For Windows 8
2012-10-29 15:11:13

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Gamers are often early adopters when Windows puts out a new operating system. The new OS often brings with it faster speeds, enhanced graphics and richer sound; all the elements that make for better gameplay. A ban on games with a mature rating in the European Windows 8 store may have discouraged gamers from upgrading PCs, tablets and other devices. That is, until Microsoft decided to lift the ban and allow games such as...

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...

2012-08-14 02:27:57

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today it is the first to have the recently-developed CTIA Mobile Application Rating System with ESRB applied to all apps, including legacy apps, within the Verizon Apps store. The ratings, which are similar to those assigned to video games, provide consumers, especially parents, with information about the age-appropriateness of apps. Created with the Entertainment Software Rating Board's (ESRB) expertise and...

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...

2011-11-28 14:00:00

In 2008, the ESRB began offering a supplemental source of information called rating summaries, which provide brief but detailed description of exactly the type of content that is in a game, including specific examples. The mobile app powered by MeMeMeâs technology makes it possible, for the first time, for shoppers to obtain the ratings information that they need while in the store and to search ESRBâs entire database of rated games, including rating summaries for...

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...

2011-06-07 09:03:00

Report Finds More Women, Adults Play Games WASHINGTON, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 72 percent of American households play video games and 82 percent of gamers are adults according to new research released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). In a report released at E3, the world's leading video game event, the data presented a consumer base that is increasingly diverse and receiving interactive game content on myriad platforms. The report, 2011 Essential...

2010-06-15 08:00:00

New Report Shows 67 Percent of U.S. Households Play Computer and Video Games and 62 Percent of Gamers Play with Others WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Computer and video game use is widespread with 67 percent of American households playing, according to new research from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).The study also reveals the social nature of today's game play with 62 percent of American gamers reporting they play with other gamers in person at least one hour...