SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The video game ratings system will add a new category to protect children under 10 from seeing certain kinds of violence, the board that administers the system said on Wednesday.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board said “E10+” would mark games that might contain “moderate amounts of cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
The E10+ rating will reside on the scale between “E,” meaning a game is appropriate for all ages, and “T,” meaning a game for teenagers. The ratings system also includes “M” ratings for those over 17 and the rarely-used “AO” for adult audiences only.
The ESRB said it expected most top sports, racing and adventure games would continue to take an E rating, while racing games with graphic crashes and fighting games with superheroes would likely take an E10+.
The ESRB rates virtually every game released in the United States. Its system has been praised by the federal government as one of the most effective in the media industry.