The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings, enforces industry-adoptedadvertising guidelines, and ensures responsible online privacy principles for computer and video games in Canada and the United States.[2] The ESRB was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (formerly Interactive Digital Software Association), in response to criticism ofviolent content found in video games such as Night TrapMortal KombatLethal EnforcersDoom, and other controversial video games portraying excessively violent or intense sexual situations. The board assigns ratings to games based on their content, using judgment similar to the motion picture rating systems used in many countries. In addition, content descriptors explain specific types of content present in games. The ratings are intended to aid consumers in determining a game's content and suitability. A game's rating is generally displayed on its box, in its media, inadvertisements, and on the game's website.[1] By July 2012 it had assigned more than 22,000 ratings to titles submitted by more than 350publishers.[3]

Many retail stores prohibit the sale of unrated video games, and major console manufacturers will not license games for their systems unless they carry ESRB ratings.

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Early Childhood (EC)Edit

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Teen (T)Edit

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Mature (M)Edit


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Mature 17+ (M)Edit

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Adults Only (AO)Edit


Adults Only 18+ (AO)Edit

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Rating Pending (RP)Edit

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Rating Pending to Teen (RP-T)Edit


Rating Pending to Mature (RP-M)Edit

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Kids to Adults (K-A)Edit

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Everyone (E)Edit

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Everyone to Teen (E-T)Edit


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Everyone 10+ (E10+)Edit

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Everyone 10+ to Teen (E10+-T) Edit


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