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.
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.
I am wondering how many people really look at video game ratings before allowing a child to play?
- Playing Safe – Video Game Ratings (gloucestercitynews.net)
- ESRB and SF Giants: Dream Team To Help Parents Understand Gaming Ratings (techmamas.com)
- Game ratings board creates a no-cost service for putting content labels on digital games (venturebeat.com)
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- Special Edition – Video Games (education.com)
- ESRB game rating system debuts for digital delivery titles (electronista.com)
- ESRB adds ratings for downloadable games (scooprocket.com)
- ESRB Is Now Rating Online Content (ubergizmo.com)
- ESRB Rolls Out Free Digital Rating System (escapistmagazine.com)