Ratings Explained

Micro Center Online believes in informed choices.
With the ever-increasing variety of games and movies available online, knowing WHAT you're buying is every bit as important as knowing HOW MUCH. Toward that end, Micro Center Online displays ratings for both PC and console system games and movies whenever that information is available.

These ratings have been developed by independent organizations, and are meant primarily as a guideline for parents.
Games -
For additional information, please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board website

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings are designed to provide information about video and computer game content, so you can make informed purchase decisions. ESRB ratings suggest age appropriateness for the game.

On Micro Center Online, a game's rating is prominently displayed both on our search results page and individual product page. The rating designation is listed in bold on the search results page, and a large rating symbol is displayed on the individual product page.

Micro Center Online does not sell any games rated AO-Adults Only.

Micro Center Online uses the following rating designations for games:
EC- Early Childhood Everyone +10 E: Everyone T- Teen M- Mature RP - Rating Pending
Titles rated EC - Early Childhood have content that may be suitable for ages 3 and older. Contains no material that parents would find inappropriate. Titles rates E10+ Everyone 10+ (Everyone 10 and older) have content that may be suitable for ages 10 and older. Titles in this category may contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes. Titles rated E - Everyone have content that may be suitable for persons ages 6 and older. Titles in this category may contain minimal violence, some comic mischief and/or mild language. Titles rated T - Teen have content that may be suitable for persons ages 13 and older. May contain violent content, mild or strong language, and/or suggestive themes. Titles rated M - Mature have content that may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain mature sexual themes, more intense violence and/or strong language. Titles listed as RP - Rating Pending have been submitted to the ESRB and are awaiting final rating.

Movies -
For additional information, please visit the Motion Picture Association website

The basic mission of the rating system is a simple one: to offer to parents advance information about movies. The ratings are decided by a full-time Rating Board located in Los Angeles. There are 8-13 members of the Board who serve for periods of varying length. They work for the Classification and Rating Administration, CARA, which is funded by fees charged to producers/distributors for the rating of their films.

The Rating Board does not rate movies on their quality or lack of quality, but rather on the following criteria: theme, violence, language, nudity, sensuality, drug abuse, and other elements. In making their evaluation, the members of the Ratings Board do not look at snippets of film in isolation but consider the film in its entirety.

No one is forced to submit a film to the Board for rating, but the vast majority of producers/distributors do in fact submit their films for ratings.

On Micro Center Online, a movie's rating is prominently displayed both on our search results page and individual product page. The rating designation is listed in bold on the search results page, and a large rating symbol is displayed on the individual product page when available.

Micro Center Online does not sell any movies rated NC-17-No one 17 and under admitted.



Micro Center Online uses the following rating designations for movies:
G - General Admission PG - Parental Guidance Suggested PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned Restricted Under 17
General Admission: All ages admitted PG - Parental Guidance Suggested: Some material may not be suitable for children PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned: Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 R - Restricted Under 17: Requires accompanying parent or adult guardian

DVDs originating from television:
TV Y - All Children TV Y7 - Directed to Older Children TV G - General Audience TV PG - Parental Guidance Suggested TV 14 - Parents Strongly Cautioned TV MA - Mature Audience Only
TVY - All Children: This program is designed to be appropriate for all children TVY7 - Directed to Older Children: This program is designed for children age 7 and above TVG - General Audience: Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages
TVPG - Parental Guidance Suggested: This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children TV14 - Parents Strongly Cautioned: This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age TVMA - Mature Audience Only: This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17

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