How to Interpret Video Game Ratings
Rating systems used to be so simple. Everyone understands the standard film industry rating system, and each rating is carefully described before the movie begins. Video games are different. They come in individualized packages, and gaming sessions can go on for hours on end, making it difficult for a parent to determine how appropriate a game actually is. Video game ratings may vary greatly depending on region or country, so you'll want to learn and understand the rating used in your area. In the United States, Canada and Mexico, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, is the authority on video game ratings. These ratings will help determine the approximate suitable age levels for games, but keep in mind that all ratings are merely recommendations that you may agree or disagree with. This step-by-step guide will help you interpret the different video game ratings, so you can better shield your family from offensive or questionable content.