Game On! What's your video game rating knowledge?
by Staff
Sure, you play the games. Maybe you've even noticed the rating on the packaging. But what do these ratings mean and what goes into creating them? Find out just how much you know about the ESRB's game rating system by taking this quiz.

The non-profit agency that rates video games is the ESRB, which stands for what?

  • Established Software Review Board
  • Entertainment Software Rating Board
  • Essential System for Rating Businesses

The ESRB video and computer game ratings system bases its ratings on what?

  • the age at which a user can legally play the game
  • the oldest age for which the game will be enjoyable
  • the minimum age for which the game's content is appropriate

Games rated T for Teen might contain which of the following?

  • crude humor
  • nudity
  • many curse words

In 2010, about what percentage of video games were rated EC for Early Childhood?

  • 1 percent
  • 5 percent
  • 25 percent

The age of the average game player is:

  • 17
  • 27
  • 37

Some game ratings include "fantasy violence." What's that?

  • violence involving non-human characters
  • violence involving cartoons
  • violence in situations easily distinguishable from real life

Some game ratings include "simulated gambling." What's that?

  • The player can gamble using real money.
  • The player can gamble, but without using actual money or currency.
  • The player can gamble, but only using credits instead of cash.

True or False: When a game is rated by the ESRB, the game company is legally obligated to disclose that rating to the public.

  • TRUE

The most popular video game sold in 2010 was:

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops
  • Madden NFL '11
  • Halo: Reach

According to a study commissioned by the ESRB, how often do parents agree with the ratings assigned?

  • 5 percent of the time
  • 57 percent of the time
  • 82 percent of the time

True of False: While the ESRB assigns the ratings, it does not have a say in how and where the rating is displayed on the game's packaging.

  • TRUE

True or False: You can find detailed ratings of individual games on the ESRB website.

  • TRUE

What percentage of video games sold in 2010 were shooting games?

  • 15.9 percent
  • 21.7 percent
  • 32.4 percent

For which of the following does the ESRB provide ratings?

  • video games, music and movies
  • video games and board games
  • video games and computer games

How many parents say they pay attention to the content of the games their children play?

  • 1 out of 10
  • 4 out of 10
  • 9 out of 10

Game ratings are determined primarily by reviewing a questionnaire completed by the game maker, and by what other process?

  • reviewing a video submitted by the game company showing all of the pertinent content specified by the ESRB
  • playing the game in its entirety to ensure that all information in the questionnaire is accurate
  • collecting ratings and reviews by users, either unsolicited or obtained through focus groups

True or False: The identities of the ESRB game raters are kept confidential.

  • TRUE

In 2010, what percentage of games sold were rated E for Everyone?

  • 12 percent
  • 44 percent
  • 25 percent

A game that's rated E for Everyone is not actually for everyone. What is the minimum age recommended to play games rated E?

  • 3
  • 6
  • 16

According to studies conducted by the ESRB, what percentage of kids under age 17 are turned away by retailers when they try to buy an M-rated game?

  • 11 percent
  • 49 percent
  • 87 percent