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Age Rating System

ESRB Rating System

Games and Grounds Coffee House supports the Entertainment Software Review Board’s (ESRB) rating system for games.  The ESRB has established a rating system, which classifies age groups.  Games and Grounds enforces these standards unless we receive direction otherwise, from you, the parent, legal guardian, or the person 'in charge' of the child/youth while in our establishment.  Our list of available games and their ratings may be found in our café. 

Titles rated EC (Early Childhood) have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate.


Titles rated E (Everyone) have content that may be suitable for 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 and older) 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 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.


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.)




ESRB Content Descriptors

  • Alcohol Reference - Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages
  • Animated Blood - Discolored and/or unrealistic 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 situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted
  • Comic Mischief - Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
  • Crude Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including “bathroom” humor
  • Drug Reference - Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs
  • Fantasy Violence - Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable from real life
  • 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
  • Language - Mild to moderate use of profanity
  • Lyrics - Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol or drug use in music
  • Mature Humor - Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references
  • Nudity - Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
  • Partial Nudity - Brief and/or mild depictions of nudity
  • Real Gambling - Player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Sexual Content - Non-explicit depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including partial nudity
  • Sexual Themes - References to sex or sexuality
  • Sexual Violence - Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts
  • Simulated Gambling - Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Strong Language - Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity
  • Strong Lyrics - Explicit and/or frequent references to profanity, sex, violence, alcohol or drug use in music
  • Strong Sexual Content - Explicit and/or frequent depictions 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. May contain bloodless dismemberment
  • Violent References - References to violent acts

Helpful Tips for Parents (From the ESRB website)

Check the ratings. Use both the rating symbol on the front of the package and content descriptors on the back to select the most appropriate games for your child and family. Visit the ESRB website to search for rating information before you head out to the stores.

Carefully read and look at the package. Game content is described and depicted in detail on the back of virtually every game box.

Talk to other parents and older children. This is a good way to learn about computer and video games.

Monitor your child‘s video game play. Just as with TV, movies and the internet, it is always a good idea to be aware of and involved in the media your children consume.

 Exercise caution with on-line enabled games. Some games let users play with other people on the Internet, but it’s important to realize that some of these games contain live chat features or other user-generated content, including character models (“skins”), settings (“maps”), weapons and other content that are not considered in the ESRB rating.  On-line enabled games carry a warning on the package that reads: “online interactions not rated by the ESRB.”

Be aware of “mods“ and cheat devices that can significantly change the content of a game. Most PC games can be altered through the use of programs called “mods” which are broadly available on the Internet and can change the content of the game.  Cheat devices like the Game Shark, Action Replay and Code Breaker can also be used to change the content of games played on consoles and handhelds.  Since players create them, mods are not considered in ESRB ratings. It is important for parents to be aware that some mods and cheat devices can be used to alter a game in ways that may not be appropriate for younger players and may be inconsistent with the ESRB rating.

Learn about and use parental controls. All of the newest video game console and handheld hardware devices, as well as the new operating system from Windows (Vista), offer parents the ability to limit what type of content their children can access by activating built-in parental control features. By activating parental controls you can ensure that your kids only play games that carry ratings you deem appropriate for them.

Consider your child's unique personality and abilities. Nobody knows your child better than you do; consider your own child's unique personality and capabilities when selecting computer and video games.

Play computer and video games with your children. Play games and talk about them with your kids as often as possible. This is a good way to have fun together as well as get to know which games your child finds to be interesting and exciting, and why.

Read more than the ratings. Game reviews, trailers and "demos" that allow you to sample games are broadly available online and in game enthusiast magazines, and can provide additional detail about game content that is useful when determining which games are appropriate for your family.

For more information or if you have any questions, call us at 250.871.1171 or email.

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