ESRB (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 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.
EARLY CHILDHOOD (EC)
Content is intended for young children.
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
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.
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.
Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
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.
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
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