Responsible Parental Ratings 101

It’s time for a soap box, and for me to boast about my own experience.

First off, if you’re a parent of a gamer and you don’t know what the symbols above are… shame on you.

Let’s give you a brief introduction either way straight from the ESRB’s own website:

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a non-profit, self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry.

Mission

To empower consumers, especially parents, with the ability to make informed decisions about the computer and video games they choose for their families through the assignment of age and content ratings, and to hold the computer and video game industry accountable for responsible marketing practices.

So now that we have the nitty-gritty details out of the way there’s something else to consider: know your own kids! Continue reading

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