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Video Game Ratings Key

Video game ratings carry one of seven logos showing age recommendations:

Video Game Rating EC (Early Childhood) - age 3+
Video Game Rating KA (Kids to Adult) - age 6+: Minimal violence, slapstick comedy, some crude language.
Video Game Rating E (Everyone) - As of January 1998, the new "Everyone" designation replaced the "Kids to Adults" rating.
Video Game Rating T (Teens) - age 13+: Violence, profanity, mild sexual themes
Video Game Rating M (Mature) - age 17+: More intense violence, profanity, mature sexual themes
Video Game Rating A (Adult Only) - Adults only: due to graphic violence and sexual themes, not for persons under 18.
Video Game Rating RP (Rating Pending) - Product has been submitted to the ESRB and is awaiting final rating.

On June 26, 2003, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) revised its rating system by adding four new content descriptors and requiring more visible descriptive labels on game packages. The four new content descriptors identify different kinds of violence in video games.

Cartoon violence features "violent actions involving cartoon-like characters."

Fantasy violence portrays "human or non-human characters easily distinguishable from real life."

Intense violence shows "graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict."

Sexual violence warns of "depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts."



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