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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...

2009-12-03 11:48:00

Report Recognizes Leadership in Consumer Disclosure, Retail Compliance, and Enforcement of Responsible Marketing Practices WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. computer and video game industry "outpaces" other entertainment industries in restricting target-marketing of mature-rated products to children, clearly and prominently displaying rating information, and restricting children's access to Mature-rated products at retail according to a new report to Congress released...

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2008-10-28 15:10:38

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELPSA) is proposing a new "traffic-light" system to address the ongoing games rating controversy.  The new solution would augment and improve ELPSA's voluntary ratings code, the organization said. However, the new system has been dismissed by some, including the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), who believe Britain's current two-tier rating is adequate. A review by Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport...

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2008-07-31 15:05:19

The British government said on Thursday that Britain could give all computer games cinema-style age ratings to protect children from increasingly realistic and violent titles. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge has announced a consultation on whether the ratings for games should replicate the system for movies. "The rise of adult-themed games with grown-up plots and advanced graphics had made the old warning system obsolete," said British Culture Minister Margaret Hodge. Violent games like...

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2006-05-04 19:56:09

LOS ANGELES -- "The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion" video game will not be recalled, but will be relabeled to reflect a stricter "mature" industry rating, Bethesda Softworks, the game's developer and co-publisher said in a statement on Thursday. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) on Wednesday revoked its "teen" rating on the title. It cited excessive gore and an art file in the game's PC version that can be modified with a third-party download that lets players change file settings...

2006-01-27 18:11:24

By Gina Keating LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The city of Los Angeles has sued Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. for selling pornographic video games to children with its best-selling game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," which last year was found to have hidden sex scenes. Shares of Take-Two plunged 13.7 percent to $14.69 on the Nasdaq -- a level unseen since 2003 -- after an analyst downgraded its shares to "sell" from "neutral," citing a variety of financial, operational and...

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2005-09-09 19:06:06

SACRAMENTO -- California lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the sale of violent video game to minors, but Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet taken a position on the legislation, his office said on Friday. The bill would end the sale and rental of violent games to minors that depict serious injury which is determined to be especially heinous, atrocious or cruel. It also calls for $1,000 fines for violators and requires violent video games to be labeled. The...

2005-07-15 02:35:01

By Brooks Boliek WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Two high-profile U.S. senators, Joseph Lieberman and Hillary Rodham Clinton, are incensed over pornographic content "hidden" in the popular video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," and are demanding action from either the government or the game's maker. The content can be unlocked by using the "Hot Coffee" code modification widely available on the Internet. By installing the modification, gamers can have their drivers find different...

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...


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