(March 2nd, 2005)
A new video game rating category, E10+ (Everyone 10 and older), was
introduced today by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB),
to help consumers more easily differentiate between games that have
content appropriate for the whole family and games that are suitable
for ages 10 and older.
"The content of computer and video games continues to advance
in terms of sophistication, complexity and graphic quality," said
Patricia Vance, president of ESRB. "Given this evolution, the new
E10+ rating category will provide consumers, particularly parents, with
more precise guidance on the age appropriateness of certain titles,
fulfilling our goal of helping ensure that the right games are selected
for their children and families."
Vance added that the ESRB consulted numerous child development experts
and academicians in creating the E10+ category and found broad agreement
with its introduction and the theory underlying it. "Given the
significant developmental differences between very young and teen-age
children, the E10+ category will be very useful for parents," added
Dr. Ralph I. Lopez, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the
Cornell Medical College and Author of "The Teen Health Book: A
Parent's Guide to Adolescent Health and Well-Being."
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more about the addition of this new rating category.