How do I know if a video game is too violent for my child?

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The easiest way to get a glimpse at the content in a game that you might purchase for your children is known as the ESRB guide. The Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, is an independent company that examines the content of games before they're released.

Similar to how films are rated, the ESRB has different ratings that help guide you to what is appropriate for different age ranges. There are also "descriptors" listed on the games, outlining specifically what may be offensive; violence, crude humor, sexual situations and many more.

Visit our ESRB guide
to see the entire list of descriptors and to also see the different age ranges, including where to find them on the every video game box sold in the United States.

Find out all you need to know about the ESRB in our ratings guide.
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