Ultimate Parents' Guide to Video Games

Edutainment — Content of product provides user with specific skills development, or reinforcement learning, within an entertainment setting. Skill development is an integral part of product.

Fantasy Violence — Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters, in situations easily distinguishable from real life

Informational — Overall content of product contains data, facts, resource information, reference materials or instructional text.

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

Mild Violence — Mild scenes depicting characters in unsafe and/or violent situations

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 Themes — Mild to moderate sexual references and/or depictions. May include partial nudity

Sexual Violence — Depictions of rape or other violent sexual acts

Simulated Gambling — Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency

Some Adult Assistance May Be Needed — Intended for very young ages

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 — Graphic references to and/or 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

Online Rating Notice

Online games that include user-generated content (e.g., chat, maps, skins) carry the notice "Game Experience May Change During Online Play" to warn consumers that content created by players of the game has not been rated by the ESRB.

Gaming Lingo

Gamers speak their own language. It's been developing for decades as the gaming community has gotten bigger and more defined.

If you've ever heard someone gush over a game's "co-op" mode, or complain that their girlfriend cost them a "frag," this video game lingo cheat sheet is for you.

A.I. (Artificial Intelligence): This is the intelligence of a character or vehicle controlled by the computer — an NPC or non-player character. In a racing game for example, the artificial intelligence of the cars the player is racing against, gives them the ability to try and beat the player by racing better or more aggressively.

Co-op: A mode in some single-player games where multiple players can play cooperatively to complete the game.

Deathmatch: A mode of play popular in first-person shooters, where the goal is to kill or "frag" as many players as possible. Generally, the player with the most "frags" at the end of the game wins. In a team deathmatch, players are divided into two or more teams where the object is the same.

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