Video Game Ratings

Posted: October 14, 2011 by cartter in Technology, Video Games
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Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a rating company that rates video games. All the video game ratings are Ec, E, E10, T, M, AO.

Ec stands for Early Childhood. That means it has content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. The games contain no material that parents would find inappropriate.

E stands for Everyone. Which means it has content that may be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

E10 stands for Everyone 10+. That means it has content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

T stands for Teen. That means it has content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

M stands for Mature. Which means it has content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

AO stands for Adults Only. Which means it has content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

RP means Rating Pending. Which means it has been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game’s release.)

I wish there weren’t ratings so I could play any game I wanted, but sadly there are ratings. I’m not sure if that would allow anyone to play any game they wanted but I think it would give you a better shot because one of the reasons some people can’t play any games they want is because of ratings. I’m not sure if parents would still look at the games or not.

 

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