New Tween Rating Category for Games

Posted on March 4, 2005

A new video game rating category, E10+ (Everyone 10 and older), has been introduced by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), to help consumers differentiate between games that have content appropriate for the whole family and games that are suitable for ages 10 and older. Game titles that carry the E10+ rating might contain moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes. Games appropriate for all ages will continue to receive an E (Everyone) rating. ESRB ratings have two parts: rating symbols suggest age appropriateness for the game, and content descriptors which indicate elements in a game that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern.

"The content of computer and video games continues to advance in terms of sophistication, complexity, and graphic quality," said Patricia Vance, president of ESRB. "Given this evolution, the new E10+ rating category will provide consumers, particularly parents, with more precise guidance on the age appropriateness of certain titles, fulfilling our goal of helping ensure that the right games are selected for their children and families."

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