Video game ratings and descriptions are designed to inform the consumer about the content of video games for sale or for rent. According to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the rating system has two parts: the symbol, which suggests what is age appropriate for the game, and the content descriptors, which explain the content of the game.
The ESRB rating symbols are:
Before you buy a video game, check the ratings. Carefully read the game's description and look at the pictures displayed on the game box. Talk to other parents about the video games your children play.
If you want to try out a video game before you buy it, rent it from your local video store.