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.