Game Rating Information
What is the Entertainment Software Rating Board?
The ESRB rating system is an unbiased, standardized way to help you determine whether an Xbox® or Xbox 360™ video game is appropriate for your child. Ratings are determined by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The ESRB is a self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB independently applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles adopted by the industry.
The ESRB has a Web site at esrb.org (available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Portugese) so that parents and consumers can access up-to-date rating information.
ESRB Rating Symbols
Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.
Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Titles rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) have content that 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.
Titles rated T (Teen) have content that 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.
Titles rated M (Mature) have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language
Titles listed as RP (Rating Pending) have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.
Titles rated AO (Adults Only) have content that 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. Microsoft does not support AO titles on Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE or as part of the Games for Windows branded program.
ESRB Content Descriptors
- Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages
- Animated Blood - Cartoon or pixilated 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 characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted
- Comic Mischief - Scenes depicting slapstick or gross vulgar humor
- Crude Humor - Moderately 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
- Real Gambling - Betting like behavior
- 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
- Mature Humor - Vulgar and/or crude jokes and antics including "bathroom" humor
- Mature Sexual Themes - Provocative material, possibly including partial nudity
- Language - Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol, or drug use
- Lyrics - Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
- Mild Violence - Mild scenes depicting characters in unsafe and/or violent situations
- Nudity - Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
- Partial Nudity - Brief and mild depictions of nudity
- Sexual Violence - Depictions of rape or other sexual acts
- Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed - Early Childhood Descriptor only
- Strong Language - Profanity and explicit references to sexuality, violence, alcohol, or drug use
- Strong Lyrics - Profanity and explicit references to sex, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
- Strong Sexual Content - Graphic depiction 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
Are there parental control settings on the Xbox and Xbox 360 video game systems that allow you to control content?
With Xbox 360 console controls you can limit the type of content played on the Xbox video game system based on the rating level. Users are prompted to set console controls during the initial set-up process or you can access them in the Xbox 360 dashboard located at My Xbox >Family Settings. There you can decide what can be played, online and off based on content ratings for games, movies and television shows.
Xbox and Xbox 360 will play games and DVD movies that are rated at or below the selected level. For example, if the selected level is Teen (T), games rated T, E10+, E, and EC will play in the system. If you choose any level other than ALL, you must select a pass code.