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I just got a game without an ESRB rating on the disc? Is this normal?

#1Fatal_JesterPosted 3/9/2013 8:42:22 AM
I just got a game off of Ebay disc only without a ESRB rating on the disc. I just thought it was weird as all the other games I own have it on there. It plays and is in English. It looks real and say NTSC on it.
#2Mister_LintonPosted 3/9/2013 8:46:07 AM
Name of game might help.
#3Fatal_Jester(Topic Creator)Posted 3/9/2013 8:49:31 AM
It's Dead or Alive Xtreme 2
#4Ginsu VictimPosted 3/9/2013 8:52:05 AM
The official disc has an ESRB rating:
http://www.cdcovers.cc/view/265808/cd1/dead-or-alive-xtreme-ntsc
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#5IntranPosted 3/9/2013 12:12:56 PM
I'm pretty sure it's illegal for a real game to be published with out an esrb, so I'm guessing it's either a misprint or a bootleg type copy. Is there a spot on there for it but missing or what?
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#6MestizoFreakPosted 3/9/2013 12:44:57 PM
Microsoft does not allow any game to be sold without an ESRB rating printed on both the box and the disk. That copy is a fake (either ISO burnt or completely blank). Happened to me a few times before at Gamestop (mostly Gamecube after they made blank mini-DVDs). Whenever I'm buying a game at Gamestop, I always ask to inspect the disk if it's used or, if it's new, ask for a sealed copy. If the latter, if the clerk pulls out an envelope, I walk out the door.
#7VeryDarkSoulPosted 3/9/2013 12:53:10 PM
MestizoFreak posted...
if the clerk pulls out an envelope, I walk out the door.

And this is why I do not shop at gamestop.
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#8WinternovaPosted 3/9/2013 12:57:08 PM
VeryDarkSoul posted...
MestizoFreak posted...
if the clerk pulls out an envelope, I walk out the door.

And this is why I do not shop at gamestop.


Because of something that happens 0.01% of the time. Way to take a stand there, Che!
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#9Super CreaturesPosted 3/9/2013 1:02:17 PM
Intran posted...
I'm pretty sure it's illegal for a real game to be published with out an esrb,


There is no legality involved.

There is no law saying a game has to be rated by the ESRB.

The ESRB is a industry self-regulating entity, it is not a government agency.
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#10MestizoFreakPosted 3/9/2013 1:03:34 PM
VeryDarkSoul posted...
MestizoFreak posted...
if the clerk pulls out an envelope, I walk out the door.

And this is why I do not shop at gamestop.


Note that I also said "ask for a sealed copy". Most of the time, I find that if you go straight to the register and ask for a new copy of the game, they will give you a sealed copy, but if you bring a display case, they will get the enveloped disk.