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Entertainment Software Rating Board

ESRBESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) is the age rating system for video games in the United States and Canada. ESRB ratings are identified through iconic images displayed on the packaging of the rated games.

There are seven age categories, and in addition there are 32 “content descriptions” that provide a more detailed explanation of what can be expected in the rated game. ESRB system is a standard accepted in thee industry, most retail store in the United States and Canada would not sell a video game if it does not contain ESRB, or its European equivalent PEGI, age classification displayed on the packaging.

Rating Categories

IconDescription
ESRB_2013_Rating_Pending

RATING PENDING (RP)


his symbol is exclusively used in advertising and marketing materials for games that have not yet been assigned a final rating by the ESRB.
ESRB_2013_Early_Childhood

EARLY CHILDHOOD (EC)


Content is intended for young children.
ESRB_2013_Everyone

EVERYONE (E)


Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
ESRB_2013_Everyone_10+

EVERYONE 10+ (E10+)


Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
ESRB_2013_Teen

TEEN (T)


Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
ESRB_2013_Mature

MATURE (M)


Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
ESRB_2013_Adults_Only

ADULTS ONLY (AO)


Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.

Content Descriptors

  • Alcohol Reference – Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages
  • Animated Blood – Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood
  • Blood – Depictions of blood
  • Blood and Gore – Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts
  • Cartoon Violence – Violent actions involving cartoon-like situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed
  • after the action has been inflicted
  • Comic Mischief – Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
  • Crude Humor – Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humor
  • Drug Reference – Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs
  • Fantasy Violence – Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable
  • from real life
  • Intense Violence – Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. May involve extreme and/or realistic blood, gore,
  • weapons and depictions of human injury and death
  • Language – Mild to moderate use of profanity
  • Lyrics – Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol or drug use in music
  • Mature Humor – Depictions or dialogue involving “adult” humor, including sexual references
  • Nudity – Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
  • Partial Nudity – Brief and/or mild depictions of nudity
  • Real Gambling – Player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Sexual Content – Non-explicit depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including partial nudity
  • Sexual Themes – References to sex or sexuality
  • Sexual Violence – Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts
  • Simulated Gambling – Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Strong Language – Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity
  • Strong Lyrics – Explicit and/or frequent references to profanity, sex, violence, alcohol or drug use in music
  • Strong Sexual Content – Explicit and/or frequent depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity
  • Suggestive Themes – Mild provocative references or materials
  • Tobacco Reference – Reference to and/or images of tobacco products
  • Use of Alcohol – The consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Use of Drugs – The consumption or use of illegal drugs
  • Use of Tobacco – The consumption of tobacco products
  • Violence – Scenes involving aggressive conflict. May contain bloodless dismemberment
  • Violent References – References to violent acts

Source: Entertainment Software Rating Board


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