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 Ratings

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, and Manhunt.
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. Many people believe that this rating is used too sparingly, usually citing Manhunt as am underrated game (it received M), and thus argue it should be used more often.
ESRB Rating: RP (Rating Pending)
RPRating Pending: This rating indicates a game's rating is pending, and no games that are for sale ever feature this rating. It is only put on game advertisements, demo discs, etc. An example of a game RP is Grand Theft Auto: 4