About ESRB

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory body that was established in 1994 by the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA). ESRB independently applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles adopted by the video game industry.

ESRB ratings are designed to give consumers information about game content, so they can make informed purchasing decisions. ESRB game ratings have two parts: rating symbols which suggest what age group the game is appropriate for, and content descriptors which tell about particular content elements that may be of interest or concern. Consumers should use the ESRB ratings in conjunction with their own tastes and standards when purchasing or renting video games. In addition, the ESRB's toll-free ratings hotline – 1-800-771-ESRB – can also assist consumers with purchase decisions, and has already helped more than 3 million callers find the right games for their families.

BradyGames complies with the ESRB guidelines by printing a game's rating symbol on each corresponding strategy guide we publish. This is another way that we provide our customers with most comprehensive information about the games we cover. Below are the most common ESRB rating symbols that are used for today’s videogames and our strategy guides.

For more information, visit www.esrb.org.

ESRB Rating Symbols



Everyone – Content may be suitable for ages 6 and older. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Everyone 10+ – Content may be suitable for ages 10 and older. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language, and/or minimal suggestive themes.
Teen – Content may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood and/or infrequent use of strong language.
Mature – Content may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.
Adults Only – Content should only be played by persons ages 18 and older. May contain prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
Rating Pending – Games with this rating have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating. This symbol appears only in advertising prior to a game's release.
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