Navigating the Video Game Ratings System
Growing up, most people understand movie ratings. We know that “G” is general audiences, “PG” is parental guidance suggested, “PG-13” parental guidance of children under 13, “R” restricted to adults and “NC-17” which is just bad for even adults. These ratings were put in place so that parents could determine what movies were alright for their children. Each rating determined the material that would probably be present in the film. Video game ratings are different, and it’s helpful to know which ones you can’t play in front of the kids and which ones can be shared with the family.
We all know video games are not just for little kids. Now there are video games that mature adults play that have mature adult themes inside. Many parents are unaware of these ratings, and think Catherine might be a fine choice for their tots. Though it’s likely you’ll already know which games have mature content, the chart below should be able to help the uninitiated figure out what games are good for them.
Which Rating Fits Best for You?
EC– this rating is for young children, 3 and older. Often these games are great teaching tools for early development.
E– this rating means for everyone, ages 6 and up. These games often have cartoon violence and mild language.
E10+– This rating is also an everyone rating, ages 10 and older. Essentially a PG rating, it will contain moderate violence, stronger language and adult situations
T– These games are for Teens. T games can contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, gambling and infrequent, strong language.
M– These games are for mature gamers. These games contain adult content including profanity, intense violence, explicit sexual content and drug use. These games are for ages 17 and older and shouldn’t be sold to minors.
AO– These games are just like NC-17 movie rating. They contain prolonged scenes of violence, blood and gore, nudity and sexual content. They are only intended for adults.
Parents need to know what the games their children are playing are rated. Whether your child is in elementary school or pursuing traditional or online education, your child may have video games that you don’t want them to have. You’ve been thinking that those unruly kids on Xbox Live need to have their parents monitor video game ratings more closely…
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