This ratings guide is provided to help you understand the rating system used for our software and web site. This guide and all ratings are a service to help inform you about the content of the games; as a consumer or parent you can use your own judgement as to the appropriateness of the content for yourself or your child.
The information displayed here is from the ESRB web site, and includes a brief explanation of the rating systems and how that may affect accessing parts of our web site and your purchase of games.
ESRB Guide for Interplay Games:
What the Ratings Do - The ESRB ratings are designed to give consumers information about the content of an interactive video or computer entertainment title and for which ages it's appropriate. The ESRB ratings are not meant to tell you what to buy or rent or to serve as the only basis for choosing a product. Rather, consumers should use the ESRB ratings in conjunction with their own tastes and standards when purchasing or renting a video game.
What to Look For - Ratings: Consumers should look on the front of the package for the ESRB rating symbol, which gives information on ages for which the product is appropriate.
Content Descriptors: In addition to the rating, consumers should check for important content information (also called "descriptors") in the black-and-white box on the back of the package. These content descriptors give more details about the product in terms of violence, sexual themes, language, and other areas that may be of interest to some consumers.
How Are the Products Rated? - Each product is rated by three independent, trained raters. The raters represent a wide range of backgrounds, races, and ages and have no ties to the interactive entertainment software industry. Raters include retired school principals, parents, professionals, and other individuals from all walks of life.
We support parents and advocate their participation in the decision-making process for any media that their children would access. Whether it is television, films, the Internet, multimedia, or printed materials, we encourage parents to make an informed choice. Fallout Tactics, Antaeus Rising and RLH are intended as entertainment only for Adults 17 and older and are not intended to be used by children.
As of January 1, 1998, the new "Everyone" designation will replace the "Kids to Adults" rating. Titles rated "Everyone (E)" have content that may be suitable for persons ages six and older. These titles will appeal to people of many ages and tastes. They may contain minimal violence, some comic mischief (for example, slapstick comedy), or some crude language.
Titles rated "Teen (T)" have content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. Titles in this category may contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes.
Titles rated "Mature (M)" have content that may be suitable for Mature Audiences/Adults 17+. This is clearly labeled on the box front. These products may include more intense violence or language than products in the Teen category. In addition, these titles may also include mature sexual themes.
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