Understanding the ESRB Video Game Rating System

Understanding the Video Game Rating System – A Parent’s Guide

The ESRB rating system is an unbiased, standardized way to help you determine whether a video game is appropriate for your child. In 2004 the ESRB was founded by the Interactive Digital Software Association. The goal of the ESRB is to help inform parents about video games and apps to determine if they are safe for their children.

In additional to helping inform parents about game content the ESRB also teaches parents how to use parental controls and manage children’s game play experience.

The Rating Categories

EEveryone – mild language, non-graphic violence6+
E10+Everyone 10+ – mild language and violence. minimal suggestive themes10+
TeenTeen – violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, infrequent strong language, minimal blood.13+
MMature – strong violence, blood and gore, language, sexual content17+
AoAdults Only – prolonged/intense violence, gore, sexual content, nudity18+


Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language

Everyone 10+

Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain cartoon, fantasy or mild violence. May also contain mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.


Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Mature 17+

Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Adults Only 18+

Content is generally suitable for ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.

Using the ESRB rating system in conjunction with our Momtastic Parent Guides will help guide your decisions when selecting video games and apps that are appropriate for your family.

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