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ESRB Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings are designed to provide information about video and computer game content, so you can make informed purchase decisions. ESRB ratings have two parts: rating symbols suggest age appropriateness for the game, and content descriptors indicate elements in a game that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern.

To take full advantage of the ESRB rating system, it's important to check both the rating symbol (on the front of the game box) and the content descriptors (on the back of the game box).

Learn more about ESRB ratings with the information below so you can find a game that's right for you or your family.

We do not sell titles rated "Adults Only." Titles rated "M — Mature" are intended for mature audiences only. By ordering a titled rated "M - Mature," you are certifying that you are at least 17 years of age.

EC

Early Childhood

Titles rated EC — Early Childhood have content that may be suitable for persons ages 3 and older. Titles in this category contain no material that parents would find inappropriate.

Possible Descriptors
  • Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed — Intended for very young ages
  • Edutainment — Content of product provides user with specific skills development or reinforcement learning within an entertainment setting. Skill development is an integral part of product

E

Everyone

Titles rated E — Everyone have content that may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

Possible Descriptors
  • Animated Blood — Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood
  • Cartoon Violence — Violent actions involving cartoon-like situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted
  • Comic Mischief — Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
  • Edutainment — Content of product provides user with specific skills development or reinforcement learning within an entertainment setting. Skill development is an integral part of product
  • Fantasy Violence — Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable from real life
  • Informational — Overall content of product contains data, facts, resource information, reference materials or instructional text

E10+

Everyone 10 and Older

Titles rated E10+ — Everyone 10 and Older have content that may be suitable for persons ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language, and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Possible Descriptors
  • Animated Blood — Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood
  • Cartoon Violence — Violent actions involving cartoon-like situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted
  • Comic Mischief — Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
  • Edutainment — Content of product provides user with specific skills development or reinforcement learning within an entertainment setting. Skill development is an integral part of product
  • Fantasy Violence — Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable from real life
  • Informational — Overall content of product contains data, facts, resource information, reference materials or instructional text

T

Teen

Titles rated T — Teen have content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Possible Descriptors
  • Blood — Depictions of blood
  • Crude Humor — Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including "bathroom" humor
  • Language — Mild to moderate use of profanity
  • Lyrics — Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
  • Mild Violence — Mild scenes depicting characters in unsafe and/or violent situations

M

Mature

Titles rated M — Mature have content that may be suitable for persons 17 years and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.

Possible Descriptors
  • Alcohol Reference — Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages
  • Blood and Gore — Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts
  • Drug Reference — Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs
  • Intense Violence — Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. May involve extreme and/or realistic blood, gore, weapons, and depictions of human injury and death
  • Mature Humor — Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references
  • Nudity — Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
  • Partial Nudity — Brief and/or mild depictions of nudity
  • Real Gambling — Player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Sexual Themes — Mild to moderate sexual references and/or depictions. May include partial nudity
  • Simulated Gambling — Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Strong Language — Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity
  • Strong Lyrics — Explicit and/or frequent references to profanity, sex, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
  • Strong Sexual Content — Graphic references to and/or depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity
  • Tobacco Reference — Reference to and/or images of tobacco products
  • Use of Drugs — The consumption or use of illegal drugs
  • Use of Alcohol — The consumption of alcoholic beverages

RP

Rating Pending

Titles listed as RP — Rating Pending have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.)

AO

Adults Only (Not available at Walmart or Walmart.com)

Titles rated AO — Adults Only have content that should only be played by persons 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.

Possible Descriptors
  • Blood and Gore — Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts
  • Intense Violence — Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. May involve extreme and/or realistic blood, gore, weapons, and depictions of human injury and death
  • Nudity — Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
  • Strong Sexual Content — Graphic references to and/or depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity

Additionally, online games that include user-generated content (e.g., chat, maps, skins) carry the notice "Game Experience May Change During Online Play".

About Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB independently applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles adopted by the industry.

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