Although most parents are wary about letting their children watch films which carry adult age ratings, the same doesn’t seem true when it comes to video games. One study done on this matter claimed that 90% of parents don’t check a game’s rating before allowing their children to buy a game.
While this can be, of course, a matter of personal choice for parents; it seems that for most parents there is a lack of knowledge about video game ratings. Here is some information about video game ratings to help parents make informed choices when buying video games for their children.
The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) was formed in 1994 to provide ratings for video games in the United States and Canada. The formation of the ESRB was the eventual result of a call from the US government for the video game industry to create a self-governing body for video game content ratings, or else the government would form one itself. The ESRB now rates virtually all video game releases in the US and Canada.
There are several different ratings given by the ESRB depending on the content of a game. Games are awarded one of these ratings depending on a number of content criteria, such as Mild Language, Crude Humor, Intense Violence etc.
EC: Early Childhood
E10+: Everyone 10+
M: Mature 17+
AO: Adults Only
Are All Games Rated?
It is not a legal requirement for a game to be submitted for rating by the ESRB. However, the overwhelming majority of games are submitted for rating. The major console manufacturers (Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft) do not allow any games to be released on their systems without an ESRB rating, and some retail outlets will also not stock games that do not have a rating. This makes it preferable for most games publishers to obtain an ESRB rating.
How To Tell What Rating A Game Has
Any game with an ESRB rating will clearly display the rating on its packaging. Look out for a small box containing one of the following rating symbols: EC, E, E10+, T, M or AO. If you are concerned about the content of a game, visit the ESRB website where information on the content of all rated games is listed.
If you have bought a video game for your child and feel unhappy about the rating which it was given, you can contact the ESRB directly. Complaints are taken seriously, and if a game is discovered to contain content not suitable for the rating it was given, the game’s publisher can face serious repercussions.
The Bandicoot is Back – The marsupial that defined a generation is better than ever in a first-ever remaster of the original trilogy: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
Now in Face-Melting PS4 Pro HD – Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy has brand-new lighting, animations, and recreated cinematics in stunning “N. Hanced Fur-K” and PS4 Pro HD. New animations, visual effects and environmental details let players spin, jump and jet pack their way through the lush—and furriest—Wumpa Island yet!
Bringing Back the Beat – The new collection features a fully-remastered game soundtrack, packed with all the didgeridoos, xylophones and thumpin’ bass lines fans can handle!
Original Story, New Tech – Full analog stick support, a unified save system and unified checkpoint system make it easier than ever to enjoy the classic adventure. Plus, improved bonus levels and time trials everywhere will make this an epic trilogy for the hardest of the ‘Coot core!
New Cinematics – All the beloved cinematics in this trilogy are being lovingly re-crafted. In the intro cinematic, Crash Bandicoot’s origin story shows our villains, Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio, try to evolve Crash into an evil mutant general, but it doesn’t go quite as planned!
Say What? – Fans of the Crash Bandicoot games may recognize some familiar voice actors who appear inCrash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy,such as Jess Harnell and Lex Lang.
Crash Bandicoot – Dr. Neo Cortex has a plan to take over the world, and he wants to create genetically engineered animals to do his bidding. To create his minions, Cortex kidnaps as many animals as he can; Crash Bandicoot’s girlfriend just happens to be one of his victims. Take control of Crash as he runs, jumps, and spins through 30 levels of intense action on three different Australian islands. Only you can help Crash save the animals, save his girlfriend and foil Dr. Cortex’s plot.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – The evil Dr. Neo Cortex is back…out this time to save the world? And he’s asking for help from his arch nemesis, Crash Bandicoot? Is this just a conniving plan to lure Crash into Cortex’s next dastardly experiment? Can Crash win again or will he join Cortex’s mindless zoo? Bigger free-roaming 3-D environments, all-new animations and a whole host of colorful characters – watch as our hero Crash, ice-skates, rodeo-rides a polar bear and jet-packs through zero-gravity in the continuing adventures of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back – This time he ain’t joking!
Crash Bandicoot Warped – Oh yeah…he’s back…AND he’s ready! It’s a Whole New Time-Traveling Adventure! All new-style gameplay action – scuba dive, ride a motorcycle or a baby T-Rex and go free-roaming airborne in a plane! Play as Coco! Gallop along the Great Wall of China on a tiger, go extreme on a jet-ski and other high-flying surprises! Prove your skills with the new Super-charge Body Slam, Super Slide, Double Jump, Death-Tornado Spin and a Laser-Guided Bazooka. All new enemies include a new Big Boss, Uka Uka, N. Tropy, a menacing Dingodile and of course, the return of some favorites like N. Gin and Tiny. More Action. More Fun. More Puzzles and Secret Levels. And you didn’t think it could get any better!
With winter in full force, there is plenty of time to enjoy some indoor family fun with Nintendo. Nintendo 3DS offers a wide variety of games for the whole family to enjoy, so why not use this time as an excuse to cuddle up at home and really connect with your family and favorite Nintendo characters. Plus, you don’t have to wait until the Nintendo Switch launch on March 3 to get in on the action.
Check out the latest and greatest games you and your family can enjoy playing together this winter season.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are perfect for the new Pokémon fan that loves playing Pokémon Go. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon allow kids to embark on a new adventure as a Pokémon Trainer and catch, battle and trade new Pokémon on the tropical islands of the Alola Region. Discover Z-Moves and unleash these intense attacks in battle. Call upon Pokémon with Poké Ride to discover new areas across the region and take on the Island Challenge Trials to become the Pokémon Champion. Each game features three new partner Pokémon to accompany players on their adventures. Which partner Pokémon will be your favorite?
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DSwill now let Nintendo 3DS owners have access to a near-unlimited wealth of Super Mario courses to play. Players can also create courses with nearly all the tools available in the original Wii U version, along with interactive lessons. In a feature unique to the Nintendo 3DS version, friends who each have their own game and system can collaborate on level designs by sharing them with one another locally before they’re complete.
Mario Party Star Rush is a great family game available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Mario Party Star Rush encourages families to play together, with new features that make it possible for up to four people to play together simultaneously. This fast-paced, portable multiplayer game offers something for everyone, and can be played for a quick session or a full afternoon of fun. No more waiting your turn or determining who goes next!
All of these games can be played on the ever-popular New Nintendo 3DS XL system, which just saw its most successful quarter of software sales in history. The system comes with a 3D screen, 3D camera, motion sensor and gyro sensor, SD memory card, amiibo functionality, free software and more fun features.