What Video Game Ratings Really Mean

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Video games are rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the industry's self-regulatory entity. The abbreviated ratings appear on the lower right and left corner of a video-game box; explanations for the ratings appear on the back. For more detailed descriptions, visit www.esrb.org/esrbratings_guide.asp or call the ESRB's toll-free ratings hotline at 800-771-3772.

EC -- Early Childhood Content may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.

E -- Everyone Content may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. May contain minimal violence and some comic mischief or crude language.

T -- Teen Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.

M -- Mature Content may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. May contain mature sexual themes or more intense violence or language.

AO -- Adults Only Content suitable only for adults. May include graphic depictions of sex and/or violence. Not intended for persons under 18.

RP -- Rating Pending. Product has been submitted to the ESRB and is awaiting final rating.


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