The ESRB currently has 30 different content descriptors to use in its game ratings covering violence, sex, nudity, crude language, references to alcohol and even real-money gambling.
Not only do these descriptors list potentially objectionable content so that consumers can make informed purchasing decisions, they also factor into what age group the game is ultimately recommended for: Everyone, Teens, Mature or Adults Only.
This week's poll asks "Should ‘sexism’ factor into a video game's rating?"
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "When Someone Criticizes an Aspect of a Game You Like, Do You Take It Personally?." Of those who voted a majority of our readers said that they do not take criticism of their favorite game or franchise personally.
It's late in the week so let's have a simple poll.
When someone criticizes an aspect of a game you like, do you take it personally?
Yep, that's it for this week, folks! Vote in the poll and let us know. Oh, and if you voted "yes," please oh please hit up the comments section and tell us why! I'm content remaining in the dark on many of the universe's secrets but this one I'm dying to know!
There are a lot of live-action superhero movies hitting theaters over the next half decade or so. Whose slate of films are you most looking forward to?
Here's a list of what the major players in the theatrical superhero business have announced. Yeah, there are a few "untitled this-or-that" movies that I've left off the list. There's talk about a Gambit movie, a Deadpool movie, even a female-led spin-off of the Amazing Spider-Man films but they seem a little less solid than others. Still, anything could happen!
According to a report on NPR's All Tech Considered, people believe gaming is the most unwelcoming space for women. That conclusion comes from a new Pew Research poll about the broader subject of online harassment and is based on responses from 2,849 web users (with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points).
In last week's poll we asked our readers, "Poll: Do You Want a Playstation TV?" Around 39 percent who voted in the poll said "they didn't want" Sony's new micro console, while 34 percent claimed that they had no idea what a PlayStation TV, and 24 percent saying they would like to own the new system.
We've had some pretty heavy stories this week so let's go light and fun with the poll.
Do you want a Playstation TV?
I consider myself pretty savvy as far as video game stuff goes but I'll admit, for some reason I just can't wrap my head around what the Playstation TV is for or why anyone would want one.
Kind of like the Steam Box.
Wii U ain't doing so hot. Two years out and its sold less than seven million units worldwide (as of June 30). Many said, "Wait until Mario comes out! No, not New Super Mario Bros. U, a real 3D Mario game!"
Super Mario 3D World came out last year, sold over two million units (New Super Mario Bros. U sold over four million) and Wii U sold about two million units that holiday. Not great but not bad. Unfortunately, there was no sales momentum and the Wii U only sold about 300k in the next quarter.
It's been 10 years since Half-Life 2. Hell, it's been 7 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 2.
Will we ever get Half-Life 3?
Yep, that's the poll this week. Happy voting!
Tune in to this week's podcast (streaming live Saturday night at 6p PST) and I'll explain why I don't like the original Half-Life. Or Fallout. Or Myst. Or World of Warcraft. Or Minecraft. Or Baldur's Gate. Or Telltale's The Walking Dead. Or Sonic the Hedgehog.
In last week's poll we asked, What Is #GamerGate About?" Around 1,855 votes were cast (our second largest poll ever), with the majority of them going to the option, "Rooting out malfeasance in game journalism."
See that guy on the left? That's the #GamerGator. Because I think it's cute.
Anyway, this week we're running a poll asking What is #GamerGate about?
EZK and I will reveal the poll results on this weekend's Super Podcast Action Committee (which streams live right here on GamePolitics at 6p PST!) but in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to collect your thoughts on one of the poll's response options.
It's a hashtag you may have seen on Twitter or discussed in countless news and opinion pieces at various websites, both enthusiast and mainstream. It's a movement, a collection of like-minded and passionate people banding together in order to achieve an end.
What end is that, you ask?
You tell us! Vote in this week's poll and tell us what #GamerGate is all about. If the true meaning is not among the response options, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Microsoft announced on Monday that it has acquired Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion.
That's a lot of money.
Do you think Microsoft overpaid or does two and a half billion dollars sound about right to you for the developer of one released but insanely popular game?
Vote in the poll and let us know! Or don't and leave us wondering...
Earlier this week, Bungie community manager David "Deej" Dague mentioned that the recently-released online FPS Destiny, "really begins at Level 20."
A Final Fantasy-fanatic friend of mine who enthusiastically exclaims that Final Fantasy XIII gets good around the 30-hour mark.
I've been known to tell people that Monster Hunter is THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER!!! (...after you slog through the first five hours of gathering mushrooms and mining rocks.)
This week's poll asked if the New Nintendo 3DS would be region free. Nintendo answered that for us this morning when it confirmed that it would indeed continue the archaic practice of region locking its gaming hardware.
I guess we need a new poll but it's a bit late in the week so how about something goofy?
Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope! Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.
For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."
According to new data from the International Game Developers Association most game developers think working at Valve Software would be the best career move they could make. The data is part of the IGDA's annual Developer Satisfaction Survey. The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Western Ontario and M2 Research polled more than 2,200 developers on a variety of topics.
Leland Yee, best known to GP readers as the California state senator who wasted over 1.3 million tax payer dollars in a failed bid to introduce a law that would criminalize the sale of particularly violent video games to minors, was arrested earlier this year and brought up on federal racketeering charges.
Yee is accused of a bunch of unsavory deeds ranging from soliciting bribes in exchange for political favors to attempting to broker an arms deal.
I use Time Warner Cable for my broadband internet service. Why? Because I have no choice. TWC is the only provider available in my area. It's either TWC or no wired internet.
You may have noticed that when it comes to broadband internet service in America, you almost certainly have only one option for a service provider - if you have an option at all, that is. There are plenty of rural areas that have no service, period.
He said, she said.
If you're a Verizon customer, you might have experienced less than optimal performance when trying to stream movies from Netflix. If you're not a Verizon customer, well, word on the street is that Netflix doesn't perform so hot for Verizon customers.
Netflix says it's Verizon's fault. Verizon says it's Netflix's fault?
Who do you think is to blame? Netflix? Verizon? One of those intermediaries like Level 3 or Cogent? Gremlins? The Illuminati perhaps?
Watch a random video on YouTube and it's probably some person playing a video game. Or talking about a video game.
Or it's a cat.
Point is, a lot of people record videos of themselves playing video games. Some of them (26% of producers with over 5000 subscribers according to Gamasutra's small survey) received money from the game's publisher/developer to make the video.
Video games are fun but boy howdy can they be frustrating at times. Failing over and over at the same task can sometimes be enough to make even Ms. Manners herself cut loose with the colorful language.
Why, sometimes we can get so fed up with a game that we have to stop playing right this bloody second and hit the console's power button without even saving the game first.
But have you ever raged hard enough at a video game that you broke the controller?
In an interview with Polygon earlier this week, "Orcs Must Die! Unchained" designer Jerome K. Jones opined that toxic players, gamers who don't conduct themselves in a polite or civil manner and serve to make the game a miserable experience for many others, are good for games.