The Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, announced this week that it would make changes to the way it rates games, adding a descriptor that will call out the presence of in-game purchases. It’s a concession to the furor among the gaming public about loot crates that began late last year, one that even led some lawmakers to propose restrictive legislation against them. This isn’t the first time that the ESRB has made changes to the way it rates games. Here’s a quick history lesson on what the ESRB is, what it isn’t, and how its ratings have changed over the years. The birth of the rating label Americans of a certain age will remember Tipper Gore, the cofounder of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). It was this organization that called out the “Filthy Fifteen,” a list of the most offensive popular songs that it could find. That list — which awarded Prince the gold medal for his work on “Darling Nikki,” Sheena Easton the … [Read more...] about A brief history of the ESRB rating system
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the North American industry body which assigns games age ratings, will expand its labelling on physical boxed games to include warnings of “In-Game Purchases”. This will cover everything that can be bought digitally for real money, from season passes and skins to microtransaction currencies and random loot boxes. They’re only a decade late to noticing all this, then. Some industry commentators are disappointed that the ESRB don’t take a tougher stance against loot boxes, specifically pointing them out, but it’s no surprise. The ESRB exist to protect big publishers, and recently responded to a US senator’s concerns about loot boxes by calling them “a fun way to acquire virtual items.” The ESRB’s new “In-Game Purchases” label will appear on the boxes of games in North American stores, as well as on the downloadable versions of those games. It’ll be similar to how ESRB … [Read more...] about ESRB introducing ‘In-Game Purchases’ label for ratings
In the wake of the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump hosted a meeting at the White House to discuss the subject of school safety. Among the subjects to come up was that of video games and movies, and the level of violence they contain--something he claimed is influencing the minds of minors. Trump even went so far as to suggest a ratings system could be necessary, despite the fact that such a thing already exists for both games and movies.During the chat, Trump raised the issue of monitoring the sorts of things that young people look at online. From there, he moved on to the entertainment they consume, saying, "We have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it. And also video games--I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence in video games is really shaping young people's thoughts."This isn't the first time he's pointed a finger at violent video games. Following the shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012, he tweeted, "Video … [Read more...] about Trump Raises Issue Of Video Game And Movie Violence, Suggests Ratings Board Is Needed
I'm sure this has been done before, but 2018 is here so an updated topic. The list does not have to have a particular order. Rating is from a scale from 1-10. The Godfather There will be blood Dr. Strangelove 2001: A Space Odyssey Mulholland Drive The Seventh Seal Taxi Driver Toy Story Brokeback Mountain One flew over the cuckoo's nest. … [Read more...] about Game: Rate the person above you’s, top 10 favorite movies of all time!
Comic book legend and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get a new movie version of his demonic anti-hero into production for some time. Last year, it was reported that Blumhouse Film, the producers of such hits as Get Out and Split, would produce the movie. The film has yet to start shooting, but McFarlane has further hinted at what fans can expect from it.Speaking at the ACE Comic-Con, McFarlane explained that his movie would be very different from other recent R-rated comic book adaptations. "It's funny in Hollywood, if you say you want to do an R-rated movie, they go like 'Oh like Deadpool and like Logan?'" he said, via The Playlist. "For me, no. Deadpool, to me, was a PG-13 action movie. It just had some naked butts and a couple f-bombs. Other than that, I thought it was the same PG-13 formula."I'm talking R. I'm talking that there will not be a lot of fun, there will not be any stupid lines in it. I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its … [Read more...] about The Spawn Movie Will Be More R-Rated Than Deadpool, Creator Says