A guide to what the video game ratings mean – and where to find them on the box
Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide information about the content in computer and video games so that parents are informed before they make a decision to purchase.
ESRB ratings have two components: rating symbols that suggest which age range is appropriate for the game and content descriptors that specify elements in a game that may be of concern. Be sure to check both the front of the box for the rating symbol and the back of the box for the content descriptors. A complete list of content descriptors can be found on the ESRB’s website.
Titles rated EC have content suitable for ages 3 and older. Does not contain material that parents would find inappropriate.
Titles Rated E (Everyone) have content suitable for ages 6 and older. Some material may have minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Material may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that may be suitable for ages 13 and older. Material may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for ages 17 and older. Material may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that may be suitable for ages 18 and older. Material may contain prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
Titles rated RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to and are awaiting final rating from the ESRB.