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Solving the “Violent Video Game” Problem: Parent Censorship

Solving the “Violent Video Game” Problem: Parent Censorship

We all know the debate. Non-Gamers use video games as a scapegoat to explain the negative aspects of modern culture, and gamers listen to their arguments with big WTF looks on their face. But have no fear, Travis from Leviathyn.com has a simple soultion to the violent video game "problem." »

ESRB Issues Changes for Mature Rated Games

ESRB Issues Changes for Mature Rated Games

Enjoy Mature rated games? The ESRB made some nice changes for you. »

Bill H.R.287 To Ban Unrated Video Games, Prohibit Some Sales To Minors

Bill H.R.287 To Ban Unrated Video Games, Prohibit Some Sales To Minors

A new bill proposed by the House of Representatives looks to make illegal the sale of unrated games, as well as the sale of Mature/Adults Only games to minors. »

Video Games Help Convince Children Not To Smoke

Video Games Help Convince Children Not To Smoke

The ESRB rating on some of your favorite video games might read “Teen” or “Mature” for “Tobacco Use.” And while I don’t necessarily agree with rating games with tobacco for a more mature audience, it’s interesting to see how cigarettes and tobacco are implemented into video games. It’s rare to find a game that flat out promotes smoking, and in most of the cases I’ve found they actually show the ha... »

When Will Our Industry Grow Up?

When Will Our Industry Grow Up?

While video games have definitely become a pervasive force in our society, one cannot forget how truly young this medium is. The first video games began coming out roughly 40 years ago, whereas films have been around for around 100 years and literature has been a part of our lives for thousands of years. Video games are by no stretch of the imagination a mature medium in age, but that doesn’t mean... »

Why Does Minecraft Xbox Censor Signs?

Why Does Minecraft Xbox Censor Signs?

Censored Censored Censored Censored If you type in something inappropriate on a sign in Minecraft for the Xbox 360 you get a sign that reads four lines of Censored. Minecraft’s point is to give the player the ability to build, and the freedom to do whatever he wants with those blocks. The Censorship, which only affects Online games, is a pointless feature. It’s rumored that Microsoft required this... »

ESRB Ratings Aren’t Required. Or Are They?

ESRB Ratings Aren’t Required. Or Are They?

M for Mature, T for Teen, E for Everyone… If you live in the United States these ESRB ratings are synonymous with video games. The Entertainment Software Rating Board has been charged with the task of rating our games. Just like movies, video games are not legally required to post their rating, or even have a rating. So why do games choose to pay for the Mature logo on the front of their package i... »