What You Need ToKnow About The ESRB?
What is the ESRB?ESRB stands for Entertainment Software Rating Board• They are responsible for rating the content of all  ...
What Parents Need To•                     Know…     The Entertainment Software Rating Board is     there to help PARENTS c...
2 Main Components of ESRB          RatingsComponent #1: ESRB RatingSymbols
2 Main Components of ESRB         Ratings                 Component #2:             ESRB Content Descriptions      • Conte...
Examples of Content Descriptors:
What Parents Need to Know About Online Play:                    Games played online carry the notice:               "Onlin...
How Parents Can Adjust Game Content Settings:                                 • When purchasing a “M” rated video game    ...
Questions For Review:1. What is the main goal of the ESRB rating system?     a.   To match video game ratings similar to m...
Questions For Review:5. If a Parent has a question about game content, what are the best sources of information?     a.   ...
Questions For Review: Answers1. What is the main goal of the ESRB rating system?     a.   To match video game ratings simi...
Questions For Review: Answers5. If a Parent has a question about game content, what are the best sources of information?  ...
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ESRB PTA PRESENTATION

  1. 1. What You Need ToKnow About The ESRB?
  2. 2. What is the ESRB?ESRB stands for Entertainment Software Rating Board• They are responsible for rating the content of all interactive entertainment software (aka Video Games) designed for Consoles, PC and Hand Held Devices. • The ESRB rating system is specifically designed to help parents and consumers choose the appropriate game for their peers and family. • Consumers should not purchase video games without the proper knowledge or understanding of the ESRB rating system, especially when purchasing for minors.
  3. 3. What Parents Need To• Know… The Entertainment Software Rating Board is there to help PARENTS choose the right games for their children for their age.• We recommend that parents learn about game content in order to make an informed purchase decision when it comes to minors and video games.• You can always research game reviews or pictures/videos of gameplay on the internet or magazines to help with your decision making process. • ESRB also urges parents to talk with their children about their favorite games. Playing games with your children helps stimulate discussions and can be a fun way to spend time together.
  4. 4. 2 Main Components of ESRB RatingsComponent #1: ESRB RatingSymbols
  5. 5. 2 Main Components of ESRB Ratings Component #2: ESRB Content Descriptions • Content Descriptions are on the back of every game’s box indicating exactly why each game received a particular rating and what might be a concern to the purchaser. • The content descriptors are there to protect children from playing video games that have content too mature for them.
  6. 6. Examples of Content Descriptors:
  7. 7. What Parents Need to Know About Online Play: Games played online carry the notice: "Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB.”This notice warns thosewho intend to play thegame online aboutpossible exposure tochat (text, audio, video)or other types of user-generated content(maps, skins, clantags, etc.) that have notbeen considered in theESRB rating.
  8. 8. How Parents Can Adjust Game Content Settings: • When purchasing a “M” rated video game make sure to ask the sales representative if you can change/filter content in the main menu. • If you can adjust the Game Content (Gore, Language, Blood, Etc) it will either be prompted on title screen or it will manually need to be changed in the “options” at the main menu. • Examples of some Mature games that feature this ability: • Gears of War 1, 2 & 3Mature Content Filter in this • Call of Duty: Black Ops game allows you turn off Language and Gore. • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare • Assassins Creed I, II & III • Borderlands 1 & 2 • Elder Scrolls: Oblivion or Skyrim • Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3
  9. 9. Questions For Review:1. What is the main goal of the ESRB rating system? a. To match video game ratings similar to movie ratings b. Help retail stores group games easier on their shelves c. Give parents the information they need to evaluate a game before making a purchase decision d. To provide another inventory category in addition to game publisher and genre2. ESRB ratings have two parts. What are they? a. The Rating Symbol and Genre b. The Rating Symbol and the Content Descriptors c. Content Descriptors and Price d. Genre Description and Rating Recommendation3. Where do you find the ESRB rating symbol on video games? a. On the side, or spine, of the package b. It’s not typically visible and you have to visit the game’s web site to find the rating c. Inside the package on a separate sheet d. On the front of the box either on the bottom right or bottom left corner4. ESRB also provides rating summaries, which provide even more information about gamecontent. How would parents and others be able to read these rating summaries? a. Rating summaries are available [www.esrb.org] and appear as a rating search result b. Parents can download the ESRB rating search iPhone app and access rating summaries right at the store look c. Parents and others can use their “smart phone” and conduct a rating search on ESRB’s mobile website: [m.esrb.org] d. ESRB has a rating search widget that provides rating summaries e. All of the above
  10. 10. Questions For Review:5. If a Parent has a question about game content, what are the best sources of information? a. Check the ESRB rating summaries online at www.esrb.org b. Read the content descriptors on Game Package. c. Talk to friends or older kids. d. Gaming Literature (Magazines, Reviews, Etc) e. All of the above.6. Your 10 year old asks you for a new Game for their Birthday, based on ESRB ratings…which games would you recommend? a. Early Childhood, Everyone and Teen games b. Everyone and Teen games c. Early Childhood, Everyone, Teen and Mature games d. Everyone, Everyone 10+ games7. Can a sales associate sell games that carry an M (Mature) rating to children if they are underthe age of 17? a. No, according to store policy. (unless Parent or Guardian is present) b. Yes, because it isn’t legal to refuse a sale c. Yes, because children will find a way to get a game they want8. What is the best way to monitor the type of game content your child experiences? a. Read ESRB Ratings and Content Descriptors? b. Talk to your child about what they encounter during Gameplay. c. Read Game Reviews d. Ask a Sales Associate prior to purchase. e. All of the above
  11. 11. Questions For Review: Answers1. What is the main goal of the ESRB rating system? a. To match video game ratings similar to movie ratings b. Help retail stores group games easier on their shelves c. Give parents the information they need to evaluate a game before making a purchase decision d. To provide another inventory category in addition to game publisher and genre2. ESRB ratings have two parts. What are they? a. The Rating Symbol and Genre b. The Rating Symbol and the Content Descriptors c. Content Descriptors and Price d. Genre Description and Rating Recommendation3. Where do you find the ESRB rating symbol on video games? a. On the side, or spine, of the package b. It’s not typically visible and you have to visit the game’s web site to find the rating c. Inside the package on a separate sheet d. On the front of the box either on the bottom right or bottom left corner4. ESRB also provides rating summaries, which provide even more information about gamecontent. How would parents and others be able to read these rating summaries? a. Rating summaries are available [www.esrb.org] and appear as a rating search result b. Parents can download the ESRB rating search iPhone app and access rating summaries right at the store look c. Parents and others can use their “smart phone” and conduct a rating search on ESRB’s mobile website: [m.esrb.org] d. ESRB has a rating search widget that provides rating summaries e. All of the above
  12. 12. Questions For Review: Answers5. If a Parent has a question about game content, what are the best sources of information? a. Check the ESRB rating summaries online at www.esrb.org b. Read the content descriptors on Game Package. c. Talk to friends or older kids. d. Gaming Literature (Magazines, Reviews, Etc) e. All of the above.6. Your 10 year old asks for a new Game for their Birthday, based on ESRB ratings… whichgames would you recommend? a. Early Childhood, Everyone and Teen games b. Everyone and Teen games c. Early Childhood, Everyone, Teen and Mature games d. Everyone, Everyone 10+ games7. Can a sales associate sell games that carry an M (Mature) rating to children if they are underthe age of 17? a. No, according to store policy. (unless Parent/Guardian is present) b. Yes, because it isn’t legal to refuse a sale c. Yes, because children will find a way to get a game they want8. What is the best way to monitor the type of game content your child experiences? a. Read ESRB Ratings and Content Descriptors? b. Talk to your child about what they encounter during Gameplay. c. Read Game Reviews d. Ask a Sales Associate prior to purchase. e. All of the above

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