Video game ratings and what they mean?

Are you aware that a video game rated ‘M’ has probably been designed with the same simulation technology that is used in videos to train police officers? This means they could teach a person how to kill. Many of our children are learning how to do this if parents are not taking the time or effort to screen video games that children are playing.

ESRB "Adults Only 18+" rating symbol...

ESRB “Adults Only 18+” rating symbol, displayed on the packaging of computer and video games appropriate for audiences over the age of 18. Part of the ESRB Video Game Rating System. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Currently, the Entertainment Software Rating Board has five ratings for games:

EC – Early Childhood – Games with the EC mark are geared towards children ages 3 and up.

E – Everyone – Games marked E are well suited for a general audience. They have minimal violence but may contain some unacceptable language.

T – Teens – Games with the T mark are for ages 13 and up. These games often have violent content and can contain strong language.

M – Mature – Games marked M are for people 17 and older. They usually have very violent or gory content, strong language and possible nudity.

AO – Adults Only – Games with the AO mark are not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. They may contain graphic violence, language or sex. To date, no game has been published with this rating.

RP – Rating Pending – Games that have not yet been rated but have been approved will have the letters RP in the box for Rating Pending.

An older rating that you may still find on some games is the K-A rating. This stands for Kids to Adults and was replaced in 1998 by the Everyone rating, but is essentially the same.

Information shown here came from How Stuff Works or Fox and Friends.

I am wondering how many people really look at video game ratings before allowing a child to play?


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I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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