ESRB Articles

Kids Had A Hard Time Buying M-Rated Video Games In 2012 [Study]

In 2011, the Supreme Court smacked down a proposed California law that would have fined retailers that sold M-rated games to children. Before that ruling, other states had tried to pass similar laws. Even after the Supreme Court ruling, other …

Oklahoma Violent Game Tax Killed In Subcommittee
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We reported previously on a tax in Oklahoma that targeted video games with a “Teen,” “Mature,” or “Adults Only” rating. The bill in question would implement a one percent tax increase on those titles. The fate of said bill has …

Majority Of Children Familiar With Video Game Ratings
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The majority (82%) of parents and children (75%) who play video games are familiar with the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings system, according to a new survey by The Harrison Group conducted on behalf of Activision.

Additionally, 63% of parents with children who play games consider themselves gamers with the number increasing to 83% for parents ages 35 and younger, and 70% of parents pay close attention to the ratings when purchasing a game for themselves or their families.

FTC Cracking Down On Videogame Stores

Sales of M-rated titles to minors happened more frequently at local and regional videogame retailers than national chains.

ESRB Busts A Cap In Rockstar

The game ratings board has found that Take-Two’s Rockstar videogame studio had adult content hidden in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game.

ESRB Says Hot Coffee For Adults Only

Major retailers Wal-Mart and Target announced they are pulling copies of the controversial and best-selling video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas after the industry’s own watch dog panel officially changed the rating to “Adults Only (AO).”

Video Games Get New ESRB Rating

In an effort to help parents tell the difference between games with mature content and those without, the Entertainment Software Rating Board has introduced a new rating standard.