ESRB Content Descriptors

Terms used for rating video games

by Mark Hughes
ESRB

Everyone 10+ (E10+)

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The following terms are used by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) to provide an impartial rating about video game content in order to better inform consumers about their choices.

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.
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

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