Entertainment Software Rating Board

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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:


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.