ESRB Rating

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ESRB rating is a rating given to video games by the ESRB of America. ESRB stands for the entertainment software rating board. If you look at any video game box from PC games to Game Cube games there is an ESRB rating stamped on the box. There are seven major different ratings for video games. The only time you will not see an ESRB rating is from games online or games older then the ESRB.

ESRB rating is normally good at judging video games however; the only way to know what is good for you or your children are to check out game reviews or try it out for yourself. The ESRB has strict standards that they follow to analyze and judge game ratings.

The ESRB has content descriptors on the box near the rating for additional information about game. The first out of the seven major ESRB ratings is eC or early childhood. This rating is for children 3 or older and means the game should contain no content parents would find inappropriate.

The second rating is E for everyone. This rating is for children 6 or older and may contain cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence. The third is E 10+ or everyone 10 and up.   This may also contain cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence. It may also contain mild language or mild suggestive themes.  

A lot of children's games that are popular in today's society normally have an ESRB rating of either E 10+ or T for teen. The forth rating is T for teen. This would be for ages 13 and up. It could possible contain suggestive things, violence, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and infrequent use of strong language.

The fifth ESRB rating is M for mature. This would be for 17 and up. This might contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and or strong language. The most popular games in the Xbox counsel and PS3 counsels are M rated games such as Halo, or Resistance.

The sixth rating is A for Adults. This would be for 18 and older. It is rare to see a game with A for adults. This may contain scene of intense violence, or graphic sexual content or nudity. Then the seventh is not a real rating however it is RP or rating pending.

The ESRB rating of RP is only used for games that are in the process of being reviewed by the ESRB. The ESRB website has every game that has been rated by them on their website. If you go to the ESRB website and type in the name of the game you want to know about, the game's rating should come up on the website.

The ESRB rating is a good way to get a quick look to see if a video game might be right for you or your family or friends.

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