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The '''ESRB''' is the ratings system used in the [[United States of America]] and [[Canada]]. Here is a complete evaluation of the ''ESRB'' ratings system:
 
The '''ESRB''' is the ratings system used in the [[United States of America]] and [[Canada]]. Here is a complete evaluation of the ''ESRB'' ratings system:
  
* '''EC - Early Childhood''' - for ages 3 to 5
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* '''E - Everyone''' - previously, the rating meant the game was for children ages 6 and up
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* '''E10+''' - Everyone 10 and up
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| [[Image:ESRB_EC.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)]] || '''EC''' — '''Early Childhood''': A game with this rating is intended for very young audiences (usually over 3 years of age)
* '''T - Teen''' - for ages 13 and up
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* '''M - Mature''' - for ages 17 and up
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| [[Image:ESRB_E.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)]] || '''E''' — '''Everyone''': Generally these games are suitable for people 6 and over. These games may have mild cartoon violence, mischief, among other non-serious actions.
**This is the typical rating for [[Grand Theft Auto]] games
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* '''AO - Adults Only''' - for ages 18 and up
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| [[Image:ESRB_E10+.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: E10+]] || '''E10+''' — '''Everyone 10+''':  Added in 2005 after there were some complaints about a lack of a rating between E and T.
**This rating is banned in Wal-Mart.
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**[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] received this rating temporarily after the [[Hot Coffee]] mod was discovered.
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| [[Image:ESRB_T.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: T (Teen)]] || '''T''' — '''Teen''': This class usually contains scenes that are appropriate for teenagers, however not for a young audience. A game rated T may contain mild language, small amounts of blood, and light violence. [[Grand Theft Auto 2]] is an example and only [[Grand Theft Auto]] to have the T rating.
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| [[Image:ESRB_M.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: M (Mature)]] || '''M''' — '''Mature''': Games in this category contain violence, and may contain violence, strong language, and light sexual content. [[Grand Theft Auto]]'s that are rated M are: [[Grand Theft Auto 1]], [[Grand Theft Auto 3]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]*, [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], and finally [[Grand Theft Auto: Advance]].
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| [[Image:ESRB_AO.png|none|60px|ESRB Rating: AO (Adults Only)]] || '''AO''' — '''Adults Only''': Contains content suitable for adults over 18 years of age. Games contain strong violence, strong sexual content, strong language, use of drugs/alcohol, etc. Some editions of [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] were rated this due to the [[Hot Coffee]] mod.
  
 
[[Category: Rating systems]]
 
[[Category: Rating systems]]

Revision as of 03:11, 15 May 2007

File:ESRB Teen.jpg
The logo for the Teen ESRB rating

The ESRB is the ratings system used in the United States of America and Canada. Here is a complete evaluation of the ESRB ratings system:

Current

ESRB Rating: EC (Early Childhood)
ECEarly Childhood: A game with this rating is intended for very young audiences (usually over 3 years of age)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
EEveryone: Generally these games are suitable for people 6 and over. These games may have mild cartoon violence, mischief, among other non-serious actions.
ESRB Rating: E10+
E10+Everyone 10+: Added in 2005 after there were some complaints about a lack of a rating between E and T.
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)
TTeen: This class usually contains scenes that are appropriate for teenagers, however not for a young audience. A game rated T may contain mild language, small amounts of blood, and light violence. Grand Theft Auto 2 is an example and only Grand Theft Auto to have the T rating.
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
MMature: Games in this category contain violence, and may contain violence, strong language, and light sexual content. Grand Theft Auto's that are rated M are: Grand Theft Auto 1, Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas*, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and finally Grand Theft Auto: Advance.
ESRB Rating: AO (Adults Only)
AOAdults Only: Contains content suitable for adults over 18 years of age. Games contain strong violence, strong sexual content, strong language, use of drugs/alcohol, etc. Some editions of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas were rated this due to the Hot Coffee mod.