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ESRB Ratings


The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide concise information on games and apps so consumers, especially parents, can make informed choices. ESRB ratings have three parts:

As a supplementary source of information, boxed video games have Rating Summaries that provide a more detailed description of the content that factored into the rating assigned.

Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.

Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.themes.

Titles rated T (Teen) have content that 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.

Titles rated M (Mature) have content that is generally suitable for persons ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that is only suitable for persons ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Titles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have not yet been assigned a final ESRB rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising and promotional materials prior to a game’s release, and will be replaced by a game’s rating once it has been assigned.)

Standard Rating Pending Mark

Rating Pending Mark for Titles Anticipating T, M or AO Ratings

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.

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