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Final Fantasy 16 Will Be The Series' Bloodiest, Horniest Game Per ESRB

The official Final Fantasy 16 ESRB rating has been revealed, and it sounds like we're in for a pretty dark time. As has been rumored for some time, FF16's rating reflects its violence, sexual themes…

December 29, 2022 | 09:04 EST

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ESRB Loot Box Ratings Will Warn Parents About Microtransactions

ESRB loot box ratings will soon start appearing on games reviewed by America's independent game ratings organization. This new ESRB rating will now make it easier for purchasers (and parents) to know…

April 13, 2020 | 11:39 EDT

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Layton's Mystery Journey Deluxe Edition Rated On Nintendo Switch By ESRB

Layton's Mystery Journey has been given a rating on Nintendo Switch by the ESRB. The game's full Switch title appears to be Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy -…

May 1, 2019 | 10:45 EDT

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Yakuza: Kiwami 2 Seems To Be Heading For PC, According To The ESRB

The ESRB has rated Yakuza: Kiwami 2 for PC, suggesting a release for the platform is on the cards. Yakuza: Kiwami 2 has received an M rating from the board, which is consistent with the game's rating…

April 1, 2019 | 11:20 EDT


Does's Account Creation Violate GDPR?

Bethesda's had a rough few months, and things are getting a little more interesting with a Redditor's recent discovery. First reported on, they found a popular Reddit thread…

December 22, 2018 | 12:02 EST

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FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes, US Senator Claims "Close Link" To Gambling

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating loot boxes after an official request to do so was made by Senator Maggie Hassan. The request was affirmed by FTC chairman Joe Simons during a Senate…

November 28, 2018 | 10:59 EST

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Xbox One "Exclusive" Sunset Overdrive Rated On PC By ESRB

Open-world Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive has been given a rating by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board), indicating that the game will be coming to PC soon. The ESRB rating for the…

November 5, 2018 | 09:36 EST

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ESRB Rates Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood

The ESRB has listed a rating for Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood as reported by Gematsu. Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood was…

September 24, 2018 | 09:23 EDT

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Here's Who's Meeting Donald Trump at his Violent Video Game Roundtable

Today, Donald Trump is holding his White House meeting on video games, and in particular violence in them. Officially listed in the White House schedule as "THE PRESIDENT hosts a roundtable with…

March 8, 2018 | 02:56 EST

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ESRB to Add "In-Game Purchases" Label onto Physical Games

Last year, the conversation around loot boxes reached fever-pitch, with several high-profile controversies making headlines around the world. Many countries were forced to debate whether or not the…

February 28, 2018 | 12:39 EST


ESRB and PEGI Don't Classify Loot Boxes As Gambling

Lootboxes are becoming increasingly popular in our AAA titles, with Forza Motorsport 7, Shadow of War, and Star Wars Battlefront II among latest offenders. Some North American gamers have asked the…

October 13, 2017 | 06:14 EDT


Limited Run Games Now Required To Put ESRB Ratings on Boxes

If there's a major bonus to the appeal of Limited Run Games' physical cases of video games, it's that they're not adorned with excessive logos and symbols that distract from the cover art. One of the…

September 25, 2017 | 09:40 EDT

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Infamous FMV Game Night Trap Getting a 25th Anniversary Re-release

Night Trap, the infamous Sega FMV game that was used as a catalyst for the creation of the ESRB, is getting a limited 25th anniversary re-release. The game, originally released in 1992 for the Sega…

August 10, 2017 | 08:41 EDT

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Persona 5 Rated M by ESRB

Persona 5, the highly anticipated RPG from Atlus, is getting closer to its western release date of February 14th (Valentine's Day) 2017. Having already released in Japan in September, shipping more…

October 19, 2016 | 10:16 EDT

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Yakuza 0 Will Have All Gameplay Features From The Japanese Version

The upcoming action-adventure title Yakuza 0 has just received its rating from the ESRB. The game is a prequel in the long running Yakuza series, revolving around, you guessed it, the Japanese Yakuza…

October 6, 2016 | 10:45 EDT

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[UPDATED] MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death Refused Classification in Australia

Update - June 23rd: Idea Factory International has confirmed that the title will simply not come to Australia, instead of re-submitting an edited version of the title. They also revealed that an…

June 21, 2016 | 11:56 EDT

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ESA Releases 2016 Essential Facts Report

The Entertainment Software Association has released their 2016 "Essential Facts" report that covers sales, demographics, and usage data about the computer and video game industry.The report is based…

April 29, 2016 | 06:45 EDT

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Far Cry Primal Gets An M Rating from the ESRB

Far Cry Primal has been rated M by the ESRB according to the game's entry on the ESRB website.Far Cry Primal had its world premiere at The Game Awards 2015.…

December 31, 2015 | 11:29 EST

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Fallout 4 Rated By The ESRB, Lacking Sexual Content

Fallout 4's release date is fast approaching, and the ESRB has checked in with Bethesda's latest release to give their rating for the title as is customary. It will be rated M for Mature, like all…

September 14, 2015 | 03:46 EDT

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Halo 5 Receives T-Rating, A Series First

Halo 5: Guardians received a Teen (T) rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), a first in the massively popular sci-fi series. In fact, before Halo 5, not a single other first…

August 11, 2015 | 04:32 EDT

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New Terms of Service on Twitch ban Adult-Only Rated Games

Twitch announced earlier today on their blog an update to their rules of conduct regarding Twitch-related services. The changes made have to do with games specifically meeting the ESRB's AO (adult…

May 27, 2015 | 10:31 EDT