The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating system has two
equal parts: the rating symbol (found on the front of the box) and content descriptors
(located on the back). To take full advantage of this system, it's important to review both the rating symbol and content descriptors,
especially when purchasing games for children.
ESRB Symbols | ESRB Descriptors
Going Beyond the Ratings
To further evaluate a game, you can review the overall description including features, screen shots, and cover art.
And since most of our GameStop and EB Games employees are avid gamers, we also encourage you to ask them for advice.
The Internet is a powerful resource to search for reviews and other information on a particular game. In fact, you
can easily search games by title, rating, platforms, and more at GameStop.com,
EBGames.com or ESRB.org.
An Important Online Gaming Notice
Games that feature online play and user-generated content, such as chat, maps, and skins, will carry the notice "Game Experience
May Change During Online Play" to indicate that this player-created content has not been rated by the ESRB.
GameStop/EB Games Rating Policy
All GameStop and EB Games employees enforce our store policy with respect to games rated M (Mature) by the ESRB. We DO NOT sell, reserve, or offer
Mature rated games to customers under 17 years of age. When a Mature game is scanned, an ESRB advisory appears on the
register screen requiring employees to ask any under-age customer for a valid photo ID, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Found on the front the box, the ESRB rating symbol helps you quickly identify if the game is age-appropriate.
Download a convenient PDF of the ESRB ratings
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May be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.
May be suitable for ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence, and/or infrequent use of mild language.
May be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy, or mild violence, mild language, and/or minimal suggestive themes.
May be suitable for ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.
May be suitable for ages 17 years and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.
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.
Title has been submitted to the ESRB and is awaiting final rating. (This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.)
Found on the back of the box, the content descriptors indicate elements that may have been taken into
consideration in assigning the final rating which may be of interest or concern.
Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages.
Animated Blood - Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood.
Blood - Depictions of blood.
Blood and Gore - Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts.
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.
Crude Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including "bathroom" humor.
Drug Reference - Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs.
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.
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.
Language - Mild to moderate use of profanity.
Lyrics - Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol consumption, or drug use in music.
Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references.
Mild Violence - Mild scenes depicting characters in unsafe and/or violent situations.
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.
Sexual Violence - Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts.
Simulated Gambling - Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency.
Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed - Intended for very young ages.
Strong Language - Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity.
Strong Lyrics - Explicit and/or frequent references to profanity, sex, violence, alcohol consumption, or drug use in music.
Strong Sexual Content - Graphic references to and/or depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity.
Suggestive Themes - Mild provocative references or materials.
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.
Use of Tobacco - The consumption of tobacco products.
Violence - Scenes involving aggressive conflict.
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